The survey represents a sample of 268 non-migratory beekeepers from 56 counties in New York State.
Highlights: The average respondent started with 5 hives at the end of winter and increased their number of hives by more than 2 fold, mostly by making splits, and entering winter with 12 hives. 25% of beekeepers intended to overwinter nucs. 87% of respondents were pleased to some extent, with the 2015 honey crop.
The results may also assist those who are conducting classes for or providing mentoring to other beekeepers.
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- Average number of hives per beekeeper-5; Total hives- 1451
- Splits-978 Packages-435 Nucs-276 Swarms-247 Other-136
- Average number of hives per beekeeper-12; Total hives- 3251
|Did Not Check||41.79%||112|
|Powdered Sugar Shake||17.54%||47|
|None of above||9.7%||26|
|Drone Brood Sampling||8.58%||23|
Q5) If you treated for mites, what treatment did you use?
|Thymol (Api-life Var, Apiguard, Thymovar, etc)||9.84%||19|
|Drone brood removal||8.81%||17|
|Hop Guard, HopGuard II||7.77%||15|
Q6) Now that Oxalic acid is approved for use on honeybees in NY, do you plan to use the oxalic dribble/trickle method on your bees?
Q7) What problems did your bees have this year?
|Possible queen failure (lack of brood, queen cells/cups)||29.10%||78|
|Small Hive Beetle||25.75%||69|
|Late season swarms (late August –October)||16.42%||44|
|Nuisance animals (bear, mice, raccoon)||11.57%||31|
|Deformed Wing Virus||8.96%||24|
|Strong colony/no honey production||8.58%||23|
|Accident (hive blew over, etc)||3.36%||9|
|Unknown brood disease||1.12%||3|
Q8) Will you be overwintering nucs?
- YES, 25%
- “I used double nuc boxes and overwintered 21 of them with 0 loss”
- “last winter I stacked 5 framed deep nucs four high and wrapped with foil insulation. I read that bees might prefer a tall column to conserve heat. It seemed to work .”
- “Configuration: (2) 2 five frame nuc bodies, one on top of the other. Nucs have been fed 2:1 sugar water & will have winter pollen patties & fondant. They will be wrapped in black roofing paper.”
- “5/5 deeps 5/5/5 mediums. Healthy and heavy”
Q9) Were you pleased with this year’s honey crop?
- YES- 71%, Somewhat- 16%, NO- 13%
- “Start supporting top bar hives more. Although not ideal from a commercial honey producers standpoint, they are healthier for the bees. Since they require no chemical interference, they result in chemical-free honey and wax. Better for bees, AND better for humans”
- “As far as the Varroa mites, I made a decision to treat every hive, every year. After treating each hive 3 times at 7 day intervals, the bees were fine. I have seen no evidence of negative effects on them. So, as far as mite counts, I don’t check. I may treat in the spring as well. Some of my friends in Maine are doing this. This survey is a great idea! Thanks for doing all this!!!!”
- “Not a bad year overall, considering last year’s brutal winter”
- “As more partnerships, coalitions, and groups are formed for bee health, I feel one important part is missing. Queen rearing for improving the health of bees and beekeeping”
Western Region: Erie, Niagara, Cattaragus, Chautauqua, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Allegheny Counties. (Albany, Jamestown)
North Central Region: Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Yates, Wayne, Seneca, Yates Counties. (Rochester, Canandaigua)
South Central Region: Schuyler, Cayuga, Tompkins, Chemung, Steuben, Tioga, Cortland Counties. (Ithaca)
Central Region: Oneida, Onondaga, Madison, Chenango, Broome, Delaware, Otsego, Herkimer Counties. (Syracuse, Utica, Binghamton)
Northern Region: Jefferson, Oswego, Lewis, St Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, Warren Counties. (Watertown)
Eastern Region: Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady, Washington, Schoharie, Albany, Rensselaer Counties. (Albany)
South East Region: Greene, Columbia, Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester Counties. (Poughkepsie, Kingston)
NYC Metro Region: New York boroughs, Staten Island, Long Island