Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club

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Bee Order 2016

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For the 2016 season, the club officers have once again decided to pre-order 40 packages from Dadant. Bee packages differ from nucs in that all you get are bees, not frames or brood. You will have immediate view of the queen, and you should receive bees with fewer pests (mites and small hive beetles). In the spring, we will provide information on how to install packages. We have been told that the price will be similar to last year, so right now bee packages will cost $120 each, and you can order up to five through the club. If the price turns out to be substantially higher, we will contact you.

To pay for your bees, send a check payable to "Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club" and mail it to: George Myers, 8373 Falls Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886. To pay for your bee package using a credit card, go to and add a bee package to your basket. (You can go to your basket and change quantities if you want more than one package.) If your membership has lapsed, and you need to renew, you can renew online through this link. The online system will walk you through the checkout process.

For members who prefer to obtain a nuc instead, refer to our list of local nuc suppliers that we have online. (We provide this list for your convenience: it does not imply and endorsement of these vendors, and may change through the spring.) You will need to arrange to pick up this nuc yourself, or “nuc-pool” with others.

If you are trying to decide between ordering a package through the club, and a nuc on your own, check out this Nuc Versus Packages comparison list.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:34

Queen Rearing Workshop 2016

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Two queen rearing workshops will be offered for FLBC members who have kept bees and successfully overwintered them for two winters. Participants are being accepted to join a collective hands-on learning experience organized by Linda Mizer, Christina Wahl, and David Hopkins.

The goal of the workshop is for participants to learn how to raise a few queen cells for your own apiary, or for those considering nuc production or selling northern queens. You don't need to have any professional goals in mind; having a few queens on hand for your hives (or to help out others) can be a handy tool for your beekeeping toolkit!

A queen yard will be set up at the former Dyce lab (near the Lab of Ornithology) with breeder queens and cell-builder colonies. The group will meet on either Sunday, May 1 or Sunday, May 8, at 9am in the morning for an all-day session. You will:

  • graft larvae into queen cups
  • prepare a cell builder hive to nurse the grafts

There will be a second date where your group will examine the cell-builder hives and take home the successful queen cells, to install in their own nucs or hives. (Date TBD.) Prior to the workshop, you will receive mandatory reading material, to prepare for the workshop.

The $40 cost of this introductory workshop includes basic grafting equipment, which may be taken home for use in our personal apiaries. (With this equipment, you should be set up to make your own queens without any further purchases.) You will also be able to take home queens you have successfully grafted.

Each class will be limited to 8 participants. Due to the hands-on nature of the course, couples need to register individually. Interested people may register at

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 12:54

Beekeeping Workshops

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The FLBC will not host a beginner's workshop this year, instead focusing on more advanced topics by way of the Geneva Bee Conference in March. Here are other workshops offered in the greater area this winter:

Beekeeping for Beginners. Jan 20, 2016. 6-8pm. $20.  Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY  14865. 607-535-7161.

Advanced Beekeeping. Feb 17, 2016. 6-8pm. $20. Human Services Complex, 323 Owego St, Montour Falls, NY  14865. 607-535-7161.


Need to borrow the club extractor?

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The club extractor is for club members. If you aren't a member, please join! Contact the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , George Myers, get $10 to him, and you're all set!

The process is pretty informal. If you'd like to borrow the extractor, send an email to the FLBC mailing list to see if whoever last had it has returned it to the club's shed. If the borrower still has it, you can arrange a pickup between you, or at the shed when it's returned.

Not a mailing list member? Sign up!

We're looking into ways to make the process more 21st century, but this has worked so far!

Last Updated on Friday, 25 September 2015 20:15

Honey Marketing Guide

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If you sell, or want to sell, your honey to others to read this June 2014 publication from Cooperative Extension (pdf file). It answers many questions about processing, licensing, and labeling that you may have.


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