Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc
28 October 2010
1980 U. S. Hwy
29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824
Again we met inside safe from the elements. The minuets from last
month were read and accepted as is.
Club will attempt to contact everyone that is on our lists next
month and in future months. Some were concerned about Yellow Jackets
and Wasp, so OJ taught us that they are a beekeeper’s friend. They
kill the worms in the larva stage before they can become a pest to
the bees. No bank account, Keith needs to drive to Andalusia to open
the account. CCB looks like the right bank. Still need to finish
Lucy mentioned that the new building for our club is staked out for
us to see up by where we met in warmer weather. It will be built
with bathroom and kitchen for the club to use.
Keith gave a
briefing on the State Convention. He told us about all the classes
and about what you learn from just by being there. It is great to
talk to as many experienced beekeepers as you can. And the materials
you get at registration are worth the trip. The conference book
contains all the names, addresses and phone numbers of the
registered beekeepers, so you can contact them throughout the year.
The special classes were Beginning Beekeeping, Cooking with Honey,
Children’s Program, How to make lip balm, lotions and gift baskets,
Making soap, Creamed Honey, and Candle Making. Some brought honey to
be judged by global standards of judging so not every category got a
ribbon. The speakers came from Ohio, Kentucky, and Georgia and from
Alabama. Dr. Keith Delaplane, UGA, was the key speaker and talked
about: Pollinator Decline and Why it Matters, the national CAP,
colony collapse program, honey bee health, and research updates
nationally and in our area. And of course all the venders and the
equipment they brought to us free of freight charges.
Future Classes is still TBD. One is splitting hives
in the spring time. This is contrary to our Queen Castle System so
it is not a high priority to teach. You never need to split a hive
when you use the Natural way of beekeeping. OJ and Lucy said that
key to our system is the screen top and the metal bottom board to
keep us from going into the hive and disturbing the queen. But
commercial beekeepers need to split to micromanage their hives. It
was suggested that we go and visit Doc Bullard to see how he does
it. He lives in Pensacola and is available to share his techniques.
Now is the time to plant you sweet and white clovers, do not wait
much longer. It needs to establish its root system before the first
frost. OJ also talked about Japanese Tallow, Japanese Honeysuckle,
vitex ester, stick weed are some of the key blooming plants for
Preparing for spring. OJ said winter is a great time to prepare for
spring. You get the equipment prepared and stored until it is
needed. You cannot wait until the bees are swarming to build boxes
and frames it is 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 also 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. To get rid of roaches you 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.
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 to complement what you get at our meetings.
Our next meeting will be 27 Nov at 10:00 am.
OJ Blount, Lucy Evans, Keith Robinson, Bobby Baker, Terry Crawford,
Donna Blair and Jason Piland, John Whitfield, and Jerry and Kim Chi
Summers. Hope I got everyone.