Reminder – Beekeepers Meeting Tonight!

Our regular monthly meeting will be tonight - Thursday Nov 6 At 6:30 – at Collegeside Church of Christ 252 East 9th Street Cookeville, TN 38501 – as usual the building will be open at 6:00 PM.
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Beekeeping tasks this month – November

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It’s November, the leaves are almost completely gone, and it’s getting cold… what should I be doing as a beekeeper this month?

The following list was published by Dr. John A. Skinner (Professor & Apiculture Specialist @ UT) in the Beekeeping in Tennessee publication from UT (PB 1745), and is available at the following URL:  https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/PB1745.pdf

Seasonal Management: November

• Cut tall grass to reduce moisture against hives and reduce wood rot.

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Nov 6 – meeting schedule

Just a reminder that our regular monthly meeting will be this Thursday (Nov 6) night At 6:30 – at  Collegeside Church of Christ 252 East 9th Street Cookeville, TN 38501 – as usual the building will be open at 6:00 PM.

You can enter the East side of the building from the big parking lot bordered by E 9th street, Allen Avenue and 10th Street.   Google Map to Collegeside Church

November is when we elect officers so plan to attend lest ye be elected in absentia.

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Beekeeping tasks this month – October

It's October, and the fall flow is pretty much over... what should I be doing as a beekeeper this month?
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Syrup Delivery: an overview of honey bee feeders

So let's say that you're now convinced that you do need to feed your honey bees. You go buy some sugar, mix it with some water, and you want to feed it to your bees. But how do you get it to them? That's actually a slightly more complex question than you might think. Let's take a look at some of your options (listed in no particular order) for delivering liquid syrup to your bees along with the pros and cons of each.
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Time to feed!

You might find that you need to feed some of your hives to prepare for winter now that our nectar flows are pretty much all over for the year.
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Beekeeping tasks this month – September

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It’s September, it’s finally cooling down & there’s goldenrod… what should I be doing as a beekeeper this month?

The following list was published by Dr. John A. Skinner (Professor & Apiculture Specialist @ UT) in the Beekeeping in Tennessee publication from UT (PB 1745), and is available at the following URL: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/PB1745.pdf

Seasonal Management: September

• Check colony for varroa. If numerous (see Sensitivity of Method), apply treatment, if not already treated in August.

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Beekeeping tasks this month – August

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It’s August, it’s still really hot and nothing is blooming… what should I be doing as a beekeeper this month?

The following list was published by Dr. John A. Skinner (Professor & Apiculture Specialist @ UT) in the Beekeeping in Tennessee publication from UT (PB 1745), and is available at the following URL: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/documents/PB1745.pdf

Seasonal Management: August

• Extract remaining supers.

• Return extracted supers to colony for cleaning just before dark to prevent robbing by colonies.

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Varroa Mite Management Options for Honey Bees

This article was originally published in November 2013, but contains seasonally relevant information. In other words - It is time to treat your bees for varroa mites. "You need to be doing something proactive to deal with mites whether you treat or not." (paraphrased) Kaymon Reynolds - treatment free beekeeper for 10 years. This post is intended to present the available options for varroa mite management in as factual and unvarnished form as is possible
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Beekeeping tasks this month – July

It's July, hot hot hot... what should I be doing as a beekeeper this month?
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