QUEEN’S CASTLE BEEKEEPERS
October 31, 2015
Gary called the meeting to order.
Lucy Blount led us in prayer.
Karen read the minutes from the August meeting.
Treasury report: As of 10/31/15 bank balance was $748.60.
Need to work on a list of people who will get swarms.
Information on swarm capture – person collecting the swarm,
size of swarm, location, where was the swarm, had the bees
been sprayed with chemical.
also wish to start a list of suppliers for essential oils. So
far we have:
1. Mountain Crafted www.mountaincrafted.com
2. The Chemistry Store www.chemistrystore.com
3. Glory Bee www.BeekeepingGloryBee.com
Millie Bee wants to use our beginner’s beekeeping book for a
class that he gives. We need to contact him about giving the
class @ QCBA meeting in the spring.
suggested keeping empty frames in a greenhouse. They are
exposed to light and heat which reduces pests.
Karen gave a short report on the highlites of the Annual
Alabama Beekeepers meeting.
was suggested that a small black cloth sprayed with a scent
can help attract swarms.
Alabama’s annual bee symposium is Sat., Feb 6th.
Registration being accepted now.
reported that Vitex planted out by the road that was cut by
the county would re-blossom.
Gary demonstrated making a pollen substitute :
part Brewers yeast
part non-fat dry milk
parts soy flour
This can be mixed with honey or sugar water to make patties.
Do not use the milk in patties. Place the patty between
pieces of wax paper. Remove the bottom piece of paper and
place on the top of the frames. Store extras in the frig.
mixture can be placed in the yard. Bees will get what they
want and ignore if they do not need. Feed every couple weeks
during dry weather.
Entirelypets.com is a source for brewers yeast.
we collect data from members about winter losses?
Gary has various contacts who want honey. We will give out
info in the spring.
Plastics is a source for plastic honey jars.
Comb honey in a pint jar sold for $15 per pint.
There is special foundation to use in supers for comb honey.
Gary is planning a class on hive assembly. He will e-mail
info to Karen once he finalizes.
Mann Lake has an e-mail list and will send info about items on
Shane Gebauer has a video library on the Brushy Mountain
had a great lunch of chili and various side dishes and
Lucy and OJ held a raffle for the club building fund.
Those present were: OJ and Lucy Blount, Gary and Vicky Barrow,
Karen Brock, Sharon Campbell, Joe Blount, John Kilmer, Jimmy
Palmer, Daniel, Mary, Allison & Nathan Schellenberger, Tommy
next meeting will be 11/28 @ Lucy’s and OJ’s.