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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.


9th Minutes for the Queen Castle Beekeepers Assoc. May 28, 2011

 21980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL  36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824

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

     Old or Ongoing Business

     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 lines.

Donna and Jason – has more ground covering available for you to buy, a great way to reduce weeds and grass around hives.

     New Business:

    Bathrooms will be soon, materials are purchased and the constructions will be soon.  30 x 40 building for meeting will be in the spring. Estimate cost will be 30k-40k. 

 New sign will be up to tell others on the highway about us.  When construction starts beekeeper help will be much appreciated.  The date is still to be determined.  First the bathroom will be built then the main building.  They are also looking for a contractor to do the work.


Sharon – brought up that OJ has hives for sale.  $150.00 equals a top, screen top, brood box with bees and comb and bottom board.  He will be downsizing and selling about 50 hives that are available for all bee keepers. 


Vitex is blooming now.  OJ recommended everyone have at least an acre of vitex for your bees to work.    Popcorn is blooming now too, pros and cons.  Mimosa is not very good for bees.  White Dutch clover is best for early spring, and it is best to have another clover like sweet clover which starts blooming soon after White Dutch.  Oaks have honey dew that bees go after they use it for their babies.  It is as aphid that bees kill and feed the young.  River Birch is good for the bee’s foraging also.  Buck wheat is still great to do year round, not great honey but gives flowers for our bees. Mr. Blount has a couple books that say what flowers are best for the honeybee. 


OJ talked about the entrance to the Queen Castle hive. To protect the hives from pests is why he shortened the entrance the way he did.  The bees can better protect a smaller opening.  The Runway design is for their landing area.  He talked again about the perforated metal design and how it helps keep the hive cleaner and many pests also fall down through the holes, wax moth larva, small hive beetles and mites.  Only the youngest bees fall through, after a few days they are too big to fall through.  This year’s addition is a 2 inch space below the metal.  This larger area makes it easier for the beekeeper to clean out all the trash. 


Keith – success story with converting all his hives to the perforated metal doubled his apiary.

OJ said using old motor oil mixed with termite chemical around the posts helps stop other pest.  And use powder lime in a jar (with holes in top) to shake onto the bottom sheet metal. He then spoke of his old winter top with 7 holes in plywood and a ˝ gallon jars were placed on this top. Always use two coats of 10 year paint to protect the wood but also help seal the cracks.


Donna and Jason changed to this top and their bees did much better and they did not get stung as much and honey production doubled with first pull.  And the number of swarms doubled and even tripled with some hives. 


When is it too late to get a swarm in a box?  After the honey flow it is too late. You have to feed the bees, but in most cases they still do not make it.

Last Saturday of the month is still good for everyone to meet, no meeting in August.


 Donna Blair, Secretary














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