June 2016 Meeting

bee-bearding

Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday June 2nd – 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 bees and how much honey your bees are making!

This month, we’ll be having a guest speaker – Jeff Herel – president of the White County beekeepers club, and our TBA regional VP for middle-Tennessee.  He’ll be presenting to us on a mite treatment method using formic acid.  So come on out and join us and learn.

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Be Careful with your Queen Excluder

Almost every beginning beekeeper has a queen excluder that came with a kit - and almost everyone is anxious to deploy it so that they can get a super or two of nice pristine honey without any brood to worry about. To everything there is a season, and your first year with bees is not the time to use your excluder - at least not like that. Every year I get a question or run across someone who is wondering why their bees won't go through their queen excluder - to get to the super of bare foundation sitting on top. Well the short answer is that they probably never will.
Almost every beginning beekeeper has a queen excluder that came with a kit - and almost everyone is anxious to deploy it so that they can get a super or two of nice pristine honey without any brood to worry about. To everything there is a season, and your first year with bees is not the time to use your excluder - at least not like that. Every year I get a question or run across someone who is wondering why their bees won't go through their queen excluder - to get to the super of bare foundation sitting on top. Well the short answer is that they probably never will.

Queens For Pennies

April is prime time for making increase (at least it is when there isn't a cold front blasting through) and while splitting hives is simple, effective and helps to manage swarming - you might also be interested in giving queen rearing a try. Now is the time to go for it if you are.
April is prime time for making increase (at least it is when there isn't a cold front blasting through) and while splitting hives is simple, effective and helps to manage swarming - you might also be interested in giving queen rearing a try. Now is the time to go for it if you are.

Bee Thinking

Meeting tommorrow night. Thurs. Nov. 7 @ 6:30 @ the extension office. It is not to early to start thinking about ordering bees next spring. We will be placing orders in Feb. and March. You will need to decide how many packages of bees you think you will want and start getting your wooden ware ready. The packages will be $85 per swarm this year according to Arliss. This could change a little high or low, but you could work on this price.

2 things.

Good meeting again last night. Thanks for all who came and took part. Special thanks to Dr. Douglas Airhart from TTU for his presentation on “Bee Plants”. I was impressed with several of our members who had several suggestions.

I am putting together a swam collection list for the county extension office. If you want your name on the list, please let me know.

Arliss is putting together a inspectors class. This would be limited to 16 members. If interested get your name in pot soon. You can send me an email if you are interested in either of these things at davidfox1357@yahoo.com

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Grafting / Queen Rearing field day next Wednesday

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 HyderBurks Ag PavilionGainesboro 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.

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