Vermont Beekeepers Association

Who We Are and What We Do

Vermont Beekeepers AssociationSince 1886 the VBA has promoted the general welfare of Vermont's Honey Industry, while sustaining a friendly body of unity among the state's beekeepers.  

The Vermont Beekeepers Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, represents hundreds of beekeepers that raise bees for the love and honey. We’re as diverse as the 246 towns in Vermont, but are unified in our fascination with and affection for bees. Most of us are hobbyists, but there are some “side liners” who try to make a bit of extra income from their 25-200 hives as well as a handful of full-time professionals. Join Today!

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Catherine Hughes writes:

It's 57 degrees, grey, 5 pm and quite a few bees are clustered all along the entrance, one clump moving very deliberately around a small mass. (containing what I do know know). They were still there at 7pm when they should be in the hive. I am rather worried. Is this how they expel drones? Seems quite odd. Also, I have 2 honey suppers that I put an escape board under a week ago and bees were still in there 2 days ago and tonight as well. (I peeked). It worked great before. Two mysteries.

Well, I couldn't say what exactly is within the small mass, but you could find out if you would poke it apart with your finger...err...hive tool. Probably nothing. As far as the bearding is concerned, probably quite normal for a strong colony just after the 90 degree day we had two days ago. Today we were feeding mating nuclei, and some had monster beards at 50 degrees and drizzle.

If the escape board doesn't clear the supers in a couple day, I would suspect one of two things. The escape routes are plugged with debris or dead bees, or there is brood in the supers.

- Mike