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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.



2d Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc

Sept. 25, 2010

     1980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL  36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824

  The meeting opened in a newly painted room where we can meet away from the elements. The minuets from the first meeting was read and accepted as is.

Old Business:
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.

New Business:
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 out too.
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.




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