Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
7th Minuets for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc
26 March 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.
New Club House OJ and Lucy will start with the bathrooms soon.
They are waiting for the county to do the perk test for the sewage
Donna and Jason has more ground covering available for you to buy,
a great way to reduce weeds and grass around hives.
Small hive beetles They are and will always be a problem for our
bees. It is our job to keep the impact of the beetles to a minimum.
In the QC hive our 5/32 metal is key to trap or take some of the
beetles out of the hive. The bees can kick them out and they fall
down into our trap. OJ talked about McNICHOLS steel company and all
the details on how to get the right metal.
Hives in wet
areas it is best to not place your hives in wet places, but if you
have no other choice, make sure you have the hives high and dry as
possible. Mildew, Mold and other things affect the damp hives.
told how they caught swarms in the pear tree, on the side of a big
tree and on the ground. Several shared the different ways swarms
were caught this year. Jason Pillard even had to shoot the limb the
swarm was on because it was too high to reach. We will do almost
anything to keep from losing our swarms! A 5 gallon bucket attached
to a 16 1x6 was also used. IF you ever catch too many swarms and
do not want more hives yourself, get in touch with me or OJ/Lucy and
we will put the word out that you have bees for sell or give away.
This is good for all in the club and you can make a little money
too. Loosing swarms is one way the African bees or Killer bees have
increased in other areas of the world.
Millie Bee Rep
Elmore Herman came and delivered a pick up load of package bees
and bee supplies to our members. This saved us the shipping cost and
questions concerning the packages were answered in person instead of
over the phone. It was great that Elmore stayed and took part in our
meeting. He is the first supplier to become a paid member. A great
comment from him was to use a special queen excluder at the entrance
of the hive to keep your queen in the hive. He also suggested that
if you are having some sort of problem with an older hive you might
change the queen. The new queen will change the environment of the
Gentle bee to work with but takes longer to build up honey. If all
your flowers bloom in early spring then there may not be enough for
them to make you excess honey to sell. Good and Bad, you have to
study your flowers and available pollen and nectar to decide if this
is a good idea or not.
Propoplis could also make you some additional money. You can
collect it in a paint can with a lid if you just keep it near your
work area for when you come across wood or metal that needs it
removed. No one in the club has sold it, but others in Alabama have.
Bees going to
lights at night - try to reduce or eliminate lights off your bees.
Lets go get some swarms OJ had several swarms for the club to
watch how it is done and some new beekeepers got hands on practice.
The meeting was adjourned and we returned to the basement and
enjoyed our pot luck meal.
Our next meeting will be 30 April 2011 at 10:00 am come early so we
can start on time.
We had an outstanding meeting with six new paid members join.
Secretary, Keith Robinson