April President’s Update

April 1, 2012 Tim Hardy blog


It has been a busy month with the arrival of this early spring!  All of the newbees are busy pounding together equipment and eagerly anticipating their package arrivals.  All of the old bees have been busy with bee yard maintenance.  In my case, this consists of pulling feeders (and putting in honey frames, if needed), reversing hive bodies, hive maintenance including the removal of old comb, removing burr comb, cleaning out the bottom boards, and substituting freshly painted and constructed equipment for that in the field that needs to be replaced or repaired.

I have taken to dating my frames in order to keep a better eye on their rotation.  The general recommendation is to replace your frames on a three to four year cycle to minimize pesticide contamination and disease buildup.  Putting a date on the top of the frame makes it easy to see what needs to be checked for removal.

As it has been so terribly dry, please remember your bees need water.  Provide it for them so they don’t pester the neighbors for it.


The Colorado State Beekeepers Association is delighted to welcome the Western Colorado Beekeepers Association as one of our regional affiliates.  Thank you for joining.  Together, we’re better!

There is a new club starting up in Denver– The Lady Beekeepers of Colorado.  If you are interested in more information, the inaugural meeting will be held at To Bee or Not to Bee from 7-9 pm on April 25th.

4th Annual Palisade International Honeybee Festival

The 4th Annual Palisade International Honeybee Festival will take place on Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th.  The festival is looking for vendors.  If you are interested in participating, here’s the registration form.  Here is a link to the website:  http://palisadehoneybeefest.org/.  As I am speaking on Friday evening, I hope to see you there!

Update on Neonicotinoids

As I write this, the national news syndicates are picking up on BCBA member Tom Theobald’s persistant campaign against neonicotinoid pesticides due to their negative effects on honey bees and pollinators in general.  Lots of research on these, and other insecticides, was presented at the ABF conference in January.  This month, however, measureable and major progress was made.  A formal legal petition was filed with the EPA.  The legal petition was filed cooperatively between several pollinator and food organizations.  The CSBA also signed.  In addition, there was a public petition that garnered several thousand signatures.  Finally, there were two new studies published in the peer reviewed journal Science linking these pesticides with honey bee and bumble bee declines.  You may read about the petitions and the associated articles on the CSBA website under Resources, Insecticides.

The Bee Informed Partnership Survey

is now open!  Please sign up and participate.  http://beeinformed.org/.

The Honey Queen is Coming!

The Honey Queen, Alyssa Fine, will be in Colorado from May 16th to the 18th.  If you would like her to make an appearance for your organization, please contact Terry or Theresa Dorsey at tandtdorsey@msn.com.  A big thank you to Terry and Theresa for, once again, hosting the Honey Queen.


Did you lose a hive late this season?  Did you decide to order bees too late?  There is still another option for ordering bees.  Lyle Johnston is bring back 5 frames nucs from California at the end of this month, April.  They are $95.00.

You may call Lyle at 209-617-2537 to place an order.

I am out of town until April 9th.  I will be sending all of the newsletter name suggestions to the CSBA officers when I return and we will have a newsletter name next month.  Thank you to all who participated and I appreciate your patience for a bit longer.

As always, please feel free to email/call me with any suggestions or concerns you may have.  Thank you for being a member.


1 Comment

  1. Joseph 3 years

    don’t panic just yet, the bees are still migrating, so they may just be using your place to rest for the night. they may all be gone by mrnoing! Every year I get a couple of large swarms that rest in my trees for a few hours or overnight. it’s pretty neat to watch them really! they just need to rest. leave them alone and don’t try to remove them, they are tired and worn out and maybe a little grouchy if they are bothered. if they are still there in a couple of days then look in your phone book for local beekeepers.

Comments are closed.


To Bee Or Not To Bee offers quality commercial grade beekeeping supplies and much more!  We use local artisans, offer education classes and with our employees being beekeepers themselves, you can be sure, it is your one stop shop for all your backyard beekeeping supplies needs.  See our website:  <a href=\\\\\\\\

Follow Us

Friend me on FacebookFollow me on PinterestFollow me on Twitter

Upcoming Events

6:30 pm SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
SouthEast Beekeepers Club Monthl... @ North Pinery Firehouse
Aug 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The SouthEast Beekeepers Club is a fairly unstructured group of beekeeping people who get together once a month to share information, ask questions, get news, etc. Other than having a pot luck prior to and[...]
7:00 pm Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Boulder County Beekeepers Meeting @ Lefthand Grange
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
BCBA meeting and election scheduled for this Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00 pm at the Niwot Grange. Our organization has been without meaningful leadership since Miles McGaughey stepped down last year. Philip Bradbury and Tim[...]
Aug 8 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Ages: 16 and up This is a continuation of Beekeeping 101. Learn tips on how to keep your bees happy, as they are gentle by nature. A variety of topics include brood patterns, pests, fall[...]
4:00 pm Bee Safe Boulder Celebration Fun...
Bee Safe Boulder Celebration Fun...
Aug 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Come and celebrate Boulder becoming a Bee Safe City!! Join us and celebrate Boulder becoming a Bee-Safe City, at a beautiful home in west Boulder, in a shady Boulder landscape with a lovely stream and[...]
6:30 pm Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Central Colorado Beekeepers Meeting @ Crest Academy
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
We meet the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 at 12th & G Street at Crest Academy, Salida, Co 81201. See our Facebook group: Central Colorado Beekeepers Association. Ask to join. Thanks and hope[...]
5:30 pm Advanced Topics in Beekeeping @ The Hudson Gardens & Event Center
Advanced Topics in Beekeeping @ The Hudson Gardens & Event Center
Aug 12 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
What pests and diseases do beekeepers need to worry about in Colorado? Why, how, and when should I make a split? Is a combine the right solution for my weak hives? Learn the answers to[...]
6:30 pm Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Brighton Beekeepers Monthly Meeting @ United Power HQ
Aug 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
This month’s meeting will be held at the United Power Building on March 11th at 6:30pm. Miles McGaughey will be our guest speaker and will be covering topics relevant to this time of year. Other[...]
7:00 pm Mile Hive Bee Club @ Project Angel Heart
Mile Hive Bee Club @ Project Angel Heart
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
7:00 pm Natural Top Bar Beekeeping
Natural Top Bar Beekeeping
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm
Resilient Futures International, will be hosting a beekeeping workshop August 14-16th. The details can be found on the following Facebook link and below: https://www.facebook.com/events/117651431901370/ Please join us for a weekend of exploration and education about[...]
6:00 pm 4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthl... @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
4 Corners Beekeeping Club Monthl... @ Florida Baptist Church near Elmore's store.
Aug 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
[We meet every 3rd Monday except for November and December] This is your last minute reminder about the club meeting this Monday evening, May 18th, at the Florida Baptist Church at 6 PM. Our new[...]

View Calendar