Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc
Sept. 25, 2010
1980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824
opened in a newly painted room where we can meet away from the
elements. The minuets from the first meeting was read and accepted
Began with a recap of what and when we feed our bees. OJ recommended
that after the flowers have quit blooming you need to feed them with
sugar syrup at 10-15 lbs of sugar for every gallon of water. Then in
the spring about a month before the flowers start change to 10 lbs
of sugar per gallon. This feeding will give the bees a head start on
the honey flow. The queen will start laying eggs early when there is
sugar water available. This way more worker bees will be available
to work the honey flow. Also it is good to feed products like Mega
Bee when there are no flowers at all. This gives the bees important
minerals and protein when the weather is harsh on them.
Use of club funds. After a good discussion of possible ways to use
the money, Dana and Robert Thrower suggested that we use the funds
for the postage when we send out club news or reminders. That was
agreed on and most of the other expenses for the club at this time
would come by way of donations from club members.
Lucy and OJ invited everyone to come to their wedding on November
7th at 3:00pm. It will be at the Kiwanis convention center because
they are expecting over 300 people to attend. There will be finger
foods and dancing for all to enjoy.
Lucy gave a good class from information found in the book, Plant
Diversity by Yale Gorger. Key points to remember – bees need a
variety of flowers to produce honey and stay healthy, if all your
available flowers bloom once a year the bees will suffer greatly, if
they cannot get enough protein they will become a weak hive. Purple
Strife, Sweet/White Clover, Vitex, Golden Rod, Popcorn Trees, Cherry
Trees, Plum, Crab Apple, Pear, Kiwi and others are examples of
variety. Pick trees, bushes, flowers that will bloom at different
times of the year. Sometimes you have to move the bees to where the
flowers are for a short time.
Preparing for spring. OJ told us that the winter is a great time to
prepare for spring. You get the equipment you need put together and
stored until it is needed. You cannot wait until the bees are
swarming to build boxes and frames that are too late. You can use
large, black leaf type bags to store the equipment in. To keep wax
moths from damaging the waxed suppers, use Moth Ball flakes in your
storage area to keep them away. You can trap the moths using a black
light and a tray (cookie sheet) with water and a small layer of oil
on top of the water. With roaches you just have to use spray
poisons. Try not to get the poison on the equipment. And use one of
your screen tops on the top of stacked boxes to help keep insects
OJ also suggested that every beekeeper subscribe to good beekeeping
magazines like Bee Culture and American Bee Journal. You should get
25 % off for being a club member. They will give you a lot of good
information as well as what you get at our meetings.
This meeting was right on target for what we need now as beekeepers.
We adjourned to healthy snacks prepared by OJ. The next meeting will
be 30 October at 10:00 am. Keith Robinson will tell the group about
the State Beekeepers conference and we will talk about the meetings
for November and December.
Present were OJ Blount, Lucy Evans, Keith Robinson, Bobby Baker with
his boys, Sharon Campbell, Robert and Dana Thrower, Terry Crawford,
and Donna Blair and Jason Piland brought Dave Dorman as a visitor.
Hope I did not leave anyone out that was there.