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Queen's Castle Beekeepers Assoc.


4th Year, 5th Minutes for the Queen’s Castle Beekeepers Assoc.

May 31, 2014

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


Mrs. Lucy welcomed everyone.


Keith led in prayer.


The 2014 officers are: President - Lucy Blount

Vice-President - OJ Blount

Treasurer - Lucy Blount (Temporary)

Secretary - Keith Robinson

Photographer/Historian - Sharon Campbell

Web Master - Randy Shaffer


The following items were discussed:

Keith was concerned about his front entrance bottom board getting wet when it rained.

It was suggested that he could tilt the front of the hive down, or he could put a cover on top

that extended out over the front entrance.


Everyone was reminded to change the lime or DE in the bottom tray of their hives every ten

days; or whenever it gets wet or rains.

If you want to seal your hive before you paint it, you can boil linseed oil and beeswax and paint

or dip your hive in it.


Cypress hives do not need to be painted, but they will last longer if they are.


To clean old frames, you can dip them in lye soap or Clorox bleach water.


Mr. OJ said the bees begin to swarm in early March.  He said he'd already gotten 80 swarms out of his 50 hives.


To split a hive put the old queen in a new hive with frames of honey, bee food and brood; and

drawn comb, if you have itIn the old hive, make sure you have frames of honey, bee food and eggs; and

drawn comb if you have it. Also, if you have a queen cell on a frame, leave it in there.

On the average, you can put one bee hive on everyone acre of land.

After the meeting, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal.

Since the Blount's will be having a booth at the Sportsman Expo in June, out next club meeting

will be on July 26, 2014.






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