David Lafereney has been meeting with a few of us and letting us graft our our own queens. This has been so cool. Look at the facebook page to see a few pictures. David, thanks again for all you do, but this may be one of the most special things I have learned. You know what they say about a little knowledge.
Queen rearing is a method(s) to efficiently produce multiple honey bee queen cells and grow them into mated, laying queen bees.
We are hastily organizing a field day for the purpose of grafting / queen rearing to be held at the TTU apiary – 4:00 PM Wednesday May 29 – we will be meeting at the picnic shelter at the Hyder–Burks Ag Pavilion, Gainesboro Grade, Cookeville 38501. Everyone is welcome – everyone must wear at least a veil. Please be prompt, because we will move across the street into the apiary at 4:00.
If anyone is wondering when is best time to get involved in beekeeping. The time is now. The bees will be delivered early April, so they must be ordered now. You have 2 months to get your equipment, assemble it, and paint it. The Cookeville Beekeepers will be offering a beginners class for those who want to learn more. They will have a meeting Feb. 7 @ 6:30 at the Putnam Extension off. by the fairgrounds.
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Beekeeping Association Presidents, Please inform the members of your association to be vigilant when inspecting their colonies for the next few months and forward this message to them. I have been finding European Foulbrood in colonies across the state, The recent periods of heavy rain this spring have been stressing the colonies similar to three years ago when we had bad outbreaks of EFB across the state. EFB can be cured with Terramycin. Information on diagnosis and control can be found on the following web site http://www.extension.org/pages/23693…oney-bee-brood . Anyone that thinks they have EFB should either call me or one of the local area association inspectors to confirm the diagnosis or ask questions about treatment. There is no need to burn the colonies.
Help! My bees are SWARMING! Well, maybe they are – bees do that, and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, if what they are doing looks like this video, they are not swarming, they are orienting, and it’s completely normal for them to orient any (or every) nice afternoon this time of year. Your queen can lay thousands of eggs a day. So once she gets rolling that means that on any given day all of the eggs that were layed about 3 weeks earlier hatch out. Those bees hang out, clean house, feed babies for two or three more weeks – and then they all leave the nest to start gathering nectar. Since they have never been out of the hive before, the first thing they do is fly around and get their bearings. It sure looks like they might all be getting together to leave for good. But they don’t – usually.