Gary called the meeting
Lucy opened the meeting
Karen Brock read last
Split hives when
blackberries begin to bloom.
When a hive is split:
frames from the old hive in a new box
old queen in the new box.
boxes with additional frames – the foraging bees will return
to the old hive.
hive can be set by the old hive or moved to a new location.
hive will make a new queen.
Be aware that the newly
emerged queen may not make it back to the hive from her mating
flight. Watch for pollen collection.
Deformed wing growth can
be a sign of mite infection; CCD
If using a solid bottom
board a strong hive will keep it clean.
A gap of 1 ½” between
the hive and a lime tray is needed to keep hive beetles from
reaching the hive.
Webbing on frames is a
sign of wax moths. Freeze the frame or put in a chicken yard.
Cinnamon can be used for ant control.
OJ wants to have classes
on hive building. The front porch keeps the rain out of the
hive. Screen the vent holes to keep roaches and lizards out.
Bees will fill the
center of supers first so do not add supers until they have
almost filled the previous one. Full supers can be put above
empty supers if wanted but make sure the super is almost full.
Queens make a noise or
”pipe.” You will know this noise when you hear.
There is not specific
amount of time that a swarm will stay where it lands. The
more activity on the outside of the swarm, the closer they are
to leaving. Can be sprayed with sugar water to subdue.
We then had a meal of
pork country ribs with all of the fixins’.
Our next meeting will be
6/25 @ Lucy’s and OJ’s.