Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
4th Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc
27 November 2010
S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824
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. No bank account, Keith needs to drive to
Andalusia to open the account. Still need to finish club by-laws.
Bobbie Baker brought to our attention the Emergency Livestock
Assistance Program (ELAP). We need to check into this program
because of future losses and money available to beekeepers. And they
want us to report our colonies to keep track of what is going on
with beekeeping in Alabama. Go to www.fsa.usda.gov to get more
information on the programs available.
is still TBD. Since splitting is contrary to our Queen Castle System
it is not a high priority to teach. You never need to split a hive
when you use the Natural way of beekeeping. 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.
flowers you cannot establish new hives, if you try to the bees will
die. Also, did you know that bees need salt? Sea Salt is best and
you just add it to the water pail that you have for the bees to
drink from near the hives.A
OJ taught a
class outside. He had all the types of hives that he experimented
with through the years available for us to learn what was changed
and why he changed the hive to be what it is today. It was a great
education that could save us many future years of trial and error.
He also talked briefly about feeding the bees and what to feed them
this time of the year. What we do now for our bees will pay big
dividends next spring.
Because of Mr.
Gatshet’s, our visitor, vast knowledge of chemistry, he shared some
of the technical background behind several of the things we do. He
was very thorough in the things he covered. It would be great for
him to come back after his time in the mission field is over.
Donna asked if
it was alright to feed our bee’s old crystallized honey. Yes you can
if you add a little water to melt the crystals. Also if you catch
the honey before it is completely crystals you can heat the honey in
an oven or microwave oven to liquefy the crystals and you have honey
again. Donna also has lots, I mean lots, of rolls of ground cover
that she is giving to anyone that wants to use it. It will work
great below the hives or anywhere you do not want weeds to grow.
OJ also took
the kids out to the bees and let them look inside and learn for
themselves what it is like to work with bees.
Important: If you are going to buy packaged bees, then you need to
get your orders in now to beat the crowds. They will ship the end of
March or early April from most companies.
was adjourned and we enjoyed a meal provided by OJ and Lucy. The
wedding food was great.
meeting will be 29 Jan 2011 at 10:00 am.
OJ Blount, Lucy Evans, Keith Robinson, Bobby Baker, Terry Crawford,
Donna Blair and Jason Piland, Griffin Gatschet, his son and a
friend, and Griffin’s father. Hope I did not forget anyone.
Secretary, Keith Robinson