Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Sept 24, 2011
21980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824
The minutes 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
Donna and Jason – has more ground covering available for you to buy,
a great way to reduce weeds and grass around hives.
The meeting began by us watching a video about how to get bees out
of a house/wall using a vacuum system. Jason Phillard brought an
example of a homemade vacuum box that another beekeeper near them
built to get bees out of where they decided to live. Then you can
put them in a box after that. The video showed how to use the comb
that is usable in your box hive using rubber bands to hold them on
the frame. The video demonstrated how to handle the queen and bees
to get them into a new location in a prepared box. New tricks are
using the rubber bands and water down the bees to keep as many of
them from flying.
Then another video was shown to demonstrate getting bees out of a
tree. They showed how to cut the tree down and how to cut the bees
out without killing too many bees. You cut the bees out in chunks.
And they shook the bees off the comb as they cut a part of the
tree. Once they got the queen all the bees started going in. And
they showed putting the tree comb in frames using cotton string.
Some members were interested in getting the Stinger paper.
So we explained that if you join the Alabama Beekeepers Association
you will be sent the Stinger either by mail or email.
The state convention is coming up in a week and we
encouraged everyone to attend if possible.
Keith – Showed the Lufa he grew and encourage the
membership to try them for the flowers.
OJ took the group outside to demonstrate his new Top
New sign will be put up to tell others on the highway
When construction starts on the new club house all
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. When the
“Popcorn” tree is blooming bees love it too but there are pros and
cons to this tree. 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 for and they use it for
their babies. It is has aphid that bees kill and feed the young.
River Birch is good for the bee’s foraging also. Buck wheat is
to do year round, not great honey but gives flowers
for our bees. Mr. Blount has a couple books that tell us what
flowers are best for the honeybee. And he would loan it to you to
OJ talked about the entrance to the Queen’s 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 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 to the hive is a 2 inch space below the metal. This
larger area makes it easier for the beekeeper to clean out all the
Keith – success story with converting all his hives
to the perforated metal doubled his apiary.
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.
Another great lunch with enough food supplied by several members.
People present were: Lucy and OJ Blount, Keith Robinson, Kip and
Susan Carter, Sharon Campbell, Donna Blair, Jason Piland, Gary and
Vicky Barrow, and James Higdon from Scottsboro, Alabama.