Executive Committee Meeting
Review of by-laws was
postponed until April’s meeting. Please bring suggestions for
Vick has been contacted by
a civic group in Opp to see if the club would be interested in
participating in a Kid’s Day Camp. This would occur on
Tuesday, June 9, 10 – 1, for Pre K through 4th
grade. We need to bring before the club for discussion.
It was decided that OJ
would do a presentation on forage plants for bees for the
April meeting. He will also do a beginner beekeeper
presentation. Lucy will publish a list of the plants to be
Honey extracting was
tentatively scheduled for the topic for the May meeting.
Vicky talked to chuck
Simon and was told that the workshop in FL had already
occurred. He would have hosted the workshop if he had any
interest. We need to contact him early 2016 for future
No new info on the grants
for new beekeepers from the state.
Karen will find info on
the bee college in Gainesville, FL.
Gary to e-mail to Karen
info on a bee equipment supplier in Crestview.
Attendees: Vicky and Gary
Barrow, Lucy and OJ Blount, Karen Brock and Don Helton.
Lucy opened the meeting
Member introductions were
Gary announced that he and
Vicky are doing bee rescue and had bees for sale.
Karen read the minutes
from the previous meeting.
Treasury report: As of
3/28/15 bank balance was $721.93.
Jimmie Winters recommend
vented bee suits. Mann Lake still has sale ongoing. Check
catalogs for info.
Randy Shaffer would look
into creating a facebook page for QCBA.
We need to submit events
and activities for our club to be published in the Stinger.
Need to check deadlines.
South AL Beekeepers
Association workshop and Field Day was March 21. Don Helton
and Jimmie Winters found the presentations informative
especially about queen rearing, the life cycle of the honeybee
and different types of honey. Lucy and OJ were to speak but
left due to others running over time.
Don Helton talked about
using old comb to help catch swarms in a bait hive.
Jimmie Winters stated that
bees live in a world of heightened smell; many times what
Gary said that bait hives
need to be checked for wax moths and that plastic foundation
was not as attractive to wax moths.
Lucy distributed the
calendar of events to attndees who had not already received
We then watched a YouTube
video from the NW New Jersey Beekeepers Association of a swarm
capture from a tree. The bees are not aggressive as they do
not have a hive to defend and they are full of honey and
cannot bend to sting. Bees do a dance if they have found a
location for a new hive. The queen is in the center of the
swarm surrounded by the rest of the bees – usually about half
of the old colony but can be up to 2/3 of the colony. There
can be more than 1 queen in the swarm. Spray the swarm and
frames with sugar water. Add the frames to the box right
away. The queen is usually in the box if the bees start to
march into the box. Bees not captured in the new box will go
back to the old hive.
Web site address for
http://nwba.njbeekeepers.org/ Check YouTube under NWNJBA.
Next we watch a
JPtheBeeman YouTube video of a swarm retrieval on a car
bumper. While he is moving the bees into a box he is
constantly looking for the queen. If you are lucky enough to
find her put her in a queen catcher and place it in the box
between frames to attract the bees into the box. Check
YouTube under JPthebeeman.
Gary then showed another
JPthebeeman video that showed a trap out from a tree using
screen to make a funnel for the bees to get out but not be
able to get back in the hive. This is generally to remove a
hive only as you usually do not get the queen to come out.
For a trap out you must add eggs or queen cells for the colony
Jimmie said that he
generally catches his swarms in a tree and you can position
the box below the limb, cut the limb and lower into the box.
We then discussed
Nathaniel Millender and Chuck Taylor’s hive that had moved
into a chicken incubator. The hive has been there for about 5
years. They want to use it as a breeding hive and catch the
swarms. We told them to use a box with food grade lemon grass
extract to attract the swarm.
When moving a captured
swarm, close up in the box for 2 days, feed, move the box to
where you want it to be. Do not place in the sun.
We then had a meal of
fried fish and chicken, hush puppies, French fries, various
side dishes and desert.
Those present were: OJ and
Lucy Blount, Gary and Vicky Barrow, Karen Brock, Joe Blount,
Don Helton, John Kilmer, Jimmy Palmer, Daniel Schellenberger,
Jimmie Winters, Gary Smith, Linda Mellown, Nathaniel Millender
and Chuck Taylor.
Our next meeting will be