Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.
March 29, 2014
21980 U. S. Hwy 29, Andalusia, AL 36420,
Old or Ongoing Business: Work on the Bathrooms and
Lots of discussion on swarms and the stories of what to do and not
do with swarms. Many swarms have emerged from OJ’s hives and he and
Lucy had pictures for everyone to see the differences of the types
of swarms he had captured already. And we went outside and captured
5 swarms while the club was gathered.
This lead to some discussion on how a swarm starts to build a hive.
OJ is still feeding the bees because there is not enough food
sources available for his bees. He is using trays with wood slates
covered with sugar and a little water in the tray to supplement them
now until the food is available. The technique is used instead of
feeding with jars to keep the bees from fighting to get at the
food. If you feed from jars at this time of the year you should use
a 1:1 ratio of sugar to water. When the bees stop going to the
sugar water they have found enough nectar available out in the
flowers in the area.
As you start to add supers to the hive always add to the top. And
when you are ready to take supers off; take the bottoms ones first
so they will fill the next box up.
Plant stuff for your bees’ year round, Lemon mint is the current
suggestion to plant for a flower source that blooms from late spring
to fall. The key is to plan to have something all year round for
There is a new bee that Gary talked about that has a longer mouth to
get at more flowers to produce more honey. But no one could
remember the name of the bee.
Work day is set for 12 April at 09:00am. We will be block laying
block for the walls of the bathroom. Bring a cover dish.
We voted to keep our current website and pay Randy the renewal price
of $15.00. He needs pictures to add to the site. Maybe the photo
books that OJ and Lucy are developing can be placed on the site so
you will have images of activity for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
on the site.
Several have nukes to pick up at Millie Bee and talked about
coordinating a single pick up for four of our members. But the
swarms interrupted the talk before a decision was made.
Not sure we should have a booth this year at the EXPO due to not
being a money maker for our beekeepers. OJ will have a booth with
honey and plants. We may try to approach Harold Barns with a
different way to have a club booth this year.
Great meeting and another wonderful meal shared by all.
Present at our meeting was Lucy and OJ Blount, Keith Robinson,
Sharon Campbell, Gary Barrow, Vicky Barrow, Randy Shaffer, Jimmie
and Sarah Winters, Dirk Price, Buster and Cheril Stone, Marie
Williams,and Joe Blount.
Buster Stone, Sharon Campbell, OJ Blount, Dirk Price
Keith Robinson, Jimmy Winters, Cheryl Stone
Vicky Barrows, Gary Barrows, Lucy Blount, Keith
Gary Barrow, Cheryl Stone, Dirk Price, OJ Blount,
OJ's Top Bar Hive with front viewing window
Frame with wax and spacer
Frame is nailed in and spacers removed
Bee swarm with Buster, OJ & Gary
Buster putting swarm in brood box
Cover is to provide a dark place for the queen to
feel at home
Cheryl & Marie Williams watching the action