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April Meeting – Queen Rearing Workshop + Kit Giveaway!

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Monthly Meeting: Our Regular monthly meeting will be on Thursday April 7th – as usual the meeting will be at Collegeside Church beginning at 6:30 – the doors will be open at 6:00, so come early to discuss bees and how your hives are doing.

We will have a guest speaker – Mike Haney.  He is the owner & operator of Ridgetop Apiaries in Baxter, TN.  He is one of my mentors, and an expert in beekeeping & queen rearing.  We’ll also try to have a Q&A time at the end, so bring your questions.

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Club Package Bee Order – Update

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Just heard from our package bee supplier.  Due to cold weather, the delivery date has been moved out by two weeks.  The tentative date now is April 19th.

Keep watching this website (http://www.cookevillebeekeepers.com) for more updates.

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March Meeting and Other Business

Monthly Meeting, Short Course, Packages, Inspections, Food, and Equipment. All covered in this March article.
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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.
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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.
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Bees make Time Magazine

I saw this on the Phil Craft Hive Craft website:

Honey bees make the cover of Time magazine this week. You might wish to pick up a copy at the grocery store.  The title on the front of the magazine is “A world without honey bees.”g9510.20_Bee.indd

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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.

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Bees Enjoying Their Bee Cakes!

Sharing!

Sharing!

Storing honey for the winter.

Storing honey for the winter.

We worked our hives and gave them some bee cakes and they love them.

Bee cake in winter cover.

Bee cake in winter cover.

The girls covered it immediately.

The girls covered it immediately.

You're crowding me!

You’re crowding me!

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Bees on Fall Flowers!

Gathering pollen with a friend hiding under the yellow crownbeard!

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More flowers!

Yellow Crownbeard

Yellow Crownbeard

Flying to the next flower!

Flying to the next flower!

Working the Ragweed.

Working the Ragweed.

Our girls working the fall flowers!!

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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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