Member introductions were made.
Gary called the meeting to order.
Karen read the minutes from the May
Treasury report: As of 5/29/15 bank
balance was $814.93.
Seed from Tractor supply did not
germinate very well.
Kids Day Camp in Opp was attended by 65
kids. They were broken up into 2 groups. The kids were very
attentive and ask a lot of questions. They wanted to extract
some honey and were fascinated by the bees.
Bee escapes were discussed. Standard
escape takes about 3 days for bees to be out of the super. OJ
showed his new escape on a stand with mesh below that allows
bees to escape. When supers are removed keep inside with the
top and bottom covered until the honey is extracted.
Ways for Randy to remove a swarm from a
hunting platform were discussed.
Waxed can be cleaned by filtering thru
t-shirt fabric twice.
Do not refrigerate honey. Freeze capped
honey to destroy any pest larvae. A gallon of honey weighs
approx. 12 lbs. The varying prices for honey were discussed.
WCNI in Andalusia wants someone to do a
beekeeping spot on the radio. Gary will contact.
Karen read from the Stinger the details
of the AL Beekeepers Annual meeting. Karen was asked to send
e-mails with meeting details.
Terry discussed how he got his bees thru
the Al adult beekeepers program. We have not heard if it will
be offered again this year.
It was noted that hive bodies can be
dipped in wax instead of painting.
OJ discussed the splits that he made. He
put in hive bodies with top bars and no supers so that the
bees would concentrate on drawing comb. He has windows in the
back to check progress. He is now using 1/8” hardware cloth
instead of the 5/32” screen.
Queen excluders will help prevent bees
from propalize the screen on the inner covers.
Honey label requirements were
questioned. Vicky will obtain the info.
We then had a meal of bar-b-qued ribs,
various side dishes and desert.
Those present were: OJ and Lucy Blount,
Gary and Vicky Barrow, Karen Brock, Sharon Campbell, John
Kilmer, Terry Pickard, Dirk Price, Randy Shaffer, and Jimmie
Our next meeting will be 7/25.