Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
5th Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc
29 January 2011
1980 U. S. Hwy
29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824
The minuets from last month were read and accepted as is.
Still need to work club by-laws.
Keith was concerned about finding weak hives when we open them up to
put queen excluders and suppers on the brood chamber. What can we do
when or if we discover a weak hive? OJ suggested the newspaper trick
to take the weak hive bees and introduce them to a stronger hive.
The newspaper between the two layers of bees gives them enough time
to get use to each other and they are more accepting of the weaker
White sugar is best, but you can use other sweeteners like brown
sugar. Fructose is ok but a little more expensive.
Clover needs to be planted in the fall. It does much better because
the root system is established before extreme cold. Then the plants
will begin blooming the first spring. If you do plant clover in the
spring, it will not bloom until the following spring. As mentioned
before at club meetings, you can plant three types white Dutch,
sweet, and buckwheat. Only buckwheat can be turned back under and it
will return up to 5 times in one year. You have to wait until the
seeds are mature, and then turn it under. In time the white clovers
will kill grasses. Buckwheat makes stronger honey and bees do not
get as much from it. OJ highly recommends that everyone plant vitex.
There is enough vitex in the club now that those need it can get
seed or plants from others, just ask.
Watch for your swarms in March and April. In May they will be
working hard, this is what most beekeepers call the “honey flow”.
The temptation to look around in the brood chamber is always there
for the new beekeeper. But a tight sealed box is like a tree with
only one way in, keep bugs out. Using the 5/32 hole metal that we
recommended you have the ideal trap for most of the attacking
insects. And now powdered lime is the recommended above the use of
mineral oil. Lime will kill the pest. Just shake the powder on your
metal tray in a thin layer like you did the oil. Your worry today is
the mites and wax worms, and beetles. And remember the better the
seal of the brood box the less likely of pests taking over. When you
put you hive on the 5’ post it keeps many things from attacking the
hive. 3-5 feet apart is the recommended distance. If you do not keep
the swarming bees in the same area as the older hive, you need to
move it at least 3 miles away to prevent robbing.
Remember when you store your suppers or brood boxes in a room; it is
best if you use a black light over a “cookie” type pan filled with
water and a thin layer of oil. Another way to store equipment is
using black trash bags and moth ball flakes. Remember this when time
comes to remove the suppers and begin feeding for the winter.
One of our newest members, Ben Williams, built an entire hive to
include all the frames. His thinner design of frames gives the bees
a lot of room. Thanks Ben for sharing your wood working with us. And
He is willing to build and sell some equipment to you.
The meeting was adjourned and we enjoyed another great meal provided
by OJ and Lucy.
Our next meeting will be 26 Feb 2011 at 10:00 am.
Present were OJ Blount, Lucy Evans, Keith Robinson, Bobby Baker,
Donna Blair and Jason Piland, Joel Martin, and our guests were Emily
Piland and William Cross. It is great to have some kids come too,
but did not get their names.
Secretary, Keith Robinson