February 2013 Bee Keeping Update

Package Bee Orders – If you have not already ordered bees or paid in full for the bees that you have reserved  Please send a Check ($85/order total)  to the following address – you can still order package bees.  Make checks payable to Cookeville Bee Keepers and mail to:

  • Cookeville Bee Keepers
  • 453 E. Whitehall rd.
  • Cookeville TN
  • 38501

I will be finalizing our order soon and any orders which are not paid in full will not be placed.

From the TBA – I represented our club at  the Tennessee Bee Keepers Association Executive meeting yesterday, and I made a few notes of things that I thought you might find interesting:

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Join the TN Bee Keepers Association

Why Should I join the TBA? You might ask.  Well, for one thing if you are a new Honey bee keeper and you would like to participate in the drawing for a complete beginning bee keepers kit (Hive setup, gloves, veil, smoker, etc…) They you MUST be a member of the TN Bee Keepers Association.

Also, as a member you will get discounts to various events throughout the year such as the Heartland Apiary Society Conference  which will be here in Cookeville this July, and the Fall TBA Conference which will also be in Cookeville.  The TBA also helps to sponsor things like our upcoming local Beginners Honey Bee Keeping Class.

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Build your own Screened Bottom Board

If you are handy with woodworking I found this site to make screened bottom boards. I went to Highland hardware and got a roll of screen for about $20. This roll looks like it will make 100 screened bottom boards. Using scrap wood these were easy to make. Other than the screen, there was not cost. You will need 2 scrap 2 ft. 2×4’s . On cold snowy days this was easy breezy. the web site is
http://www.myoldtools.com/Bees/bottomboard/bottomboard.htm