July 2017 Meeting

We will not be meeting this month to allow for reflection and observation of the Independence Day holiday.  There will also be several people out of town / traveling.

We were originally planning on doing a honey extraction demo this month, so in lieu of that, you should check out this nice overview video explaining the process of honey extraction:

Tennessee – Basic Master Beekeeper Course

Announcement:

The Smith County UT Extension Office will be holding a Tennessee Basic Master Beekeeper Course designed for hobbyist beekeepers June 29th-30th, 2017.  Full details are contained below:

Master Beekeeper Course 2017

Beekeeper Registration Form

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Chris at the Smith County Extension Office.  Contact information can be found on the Smith County Extension Office website.

June 2017 Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be Thursday June 1st – as usual the meeting will be at Collegeside Church beginning at 6:30PM – the doors will be open at 6:00PM, so come early to discuss how your bees are doing, and what’s happening next!

This month our primary topic of discussion will be wax processing.  If you have a solar wax melter or other equipment you use to process your wax, bring it and share.  I’ll be going through the system I use to process all of my wax.  We can also have a Q&A time at the end, and hopefully everyone can learn a little bit more.

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May 2017 Meeting

Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be Thursday May 4th – as usual the meeting will be at Collegeside Church beginning at 6:30PM – the doors will be open at 6:00PM, so come early to discuss how your bees are doing, and what’s happening next!

This month we will be discussing two highly-related topics… swarm catching / trapping, and cut-outs.  If you have any equipment that you’ve found useful, and you’d like to share – please don’t hesitate to bring it so others can see & learn from your experience.  We’ll also discuss the techniques we’ve tried and found success with (or failed with), and hopefully everyone can learn a little bit more.

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Making Lotion Bars

While our honeybees produce many different products for us, one of the most precious is wax.  If you have kept bees for very long, you have probably collected at least some of it.  There are many different possible uses for bees wax, but one very common use is making lotion bars.  Many people suffer from dry skin in the winter and need a moisturizer that is a little more durable and long-lasting than lotion.  Here is a recipe that I have found to be a good balance between hardness (not melting) in the heat of the summer, and softness (you’re not rubbing your skin with a rock) during the colder months.  You’ll need the following:

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Winter Feeding – BeeCakes

Keeping your bees alive and healthy during the winter is a very important and sometimes challenging task.  One very effective method of feeding is putting sugar directly on the top-bars of the top box of the hive.  When the cluster is in direct contact with sugar (even solid sugar), it is very difficult for them to starve.  Below I have outlined a recipe I have found to be very useful in keeping my bees healthy and happy during the winter.  In order to make Bee Cakes, you will need the following:

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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.

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.