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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.


4th Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc

27 November 2010

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

The minuets from last month were read and accepted as is.

Old Business:
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.

New Business:
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.

Future Classes 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.

Without 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.

The meeting was adjourned and we enjoyed a meal provided by OJ and Lucy. The wedding food was great.

Our next meeting will be 29 Jan 2011 at 10:00 am.

Present were 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




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