Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
February 22, 2014
21980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420, 334-222-0751/376-9824
Lucy opened the meeting with a welcome to all and reported that our
club treasury was now up to $450.92.
There was a lot of discussion on the following:
Concerning the bees in the winter time. You need to reduce the
amount of space the bees live in during colder weather. Take all
the supers off and if there are supers with honey in them, but not
enough to harvest, give it back to the bees by placing it in a
central area away from the hives so all the bees can clean the honey
out of it for you. OJ mentioned that when the queen stops laying
the population is greatly reduced 30 days later.
To make a split from your hive; take a frame with a capped queen
cell or the old queen and put it/her in a new box, Add two frames of
brood with bees on it and two frames with food (pollen and honey),
Place these frames in the center of the new box and shift the frames
to the center of the old box, then add new frames to fill the rest
of the box out.
Your hives should usually face south or southeast when you are
determining the right location for your hives. This is to allow the
morning sun to hit the hives and provides the maximum sun exposure
in the winter.
When should we extract the honey from the hive? If the honey is
capped, it is ready to be extracted. If all the cells are not
capped or a large amount not capped, turn the frame upside down and
if it drips put it back in the hive, if it does not drip it is safe
to extract. This is a way to show that the moisture content is
right or not with this test.
OJ reminded everyone to keep at least a source of water near the
hives at all times so they do not have to travel far to drink and
bring water to the hive.
It will only be a couple of weeks and we can start adding supers to
the brood chambers. It is important to wait until you have a lot of
plants blooming. In the mean time keep feeding your bees so they
will be built up when the honey flow starts.
You can buy your nucs from Elmore Herman at Millie Bee Company.
Remember to clean the bottom metal tray at least every two weeks.
It is simple when you use a putty knife to do this.
We still need to help with laying the blocks for the bathrooms for
our new club house.
After a delicious
meal, the club went outside to observe OJ checking and cleaning the
bottom metal trays.
Present at our meeting was Lucy and OJ Blount, Sharon Campbell
Baglivo, Gary Barrow, Vicky Barrow, Gwin Prestwood, James and Carol
Turk, Dirk Price, John Kilmer and others.