February 2017 Minutes
The Northern Neck Bee Keepers Club met on February 13, 2017. John Olivier opened the meeting at 6pm.
The minutes were approved.
Dave Holt gave the financial report. We have a net value of $8,681.60. In the bank we have $6,688.99.
Education: The new bee keeping class has begun. We have twenty-three participants including spouses. Hurricane Thompson will be coordinating the mentorship for the new students.
Ted Munson gave a blooming report: Mahonia, dandelions, red maple, and camellias are currently in bloom. All of which are two weeks early from last year.
Lots of pollen is being brought in. Also lots of brood.
Willow Trees and Alders are blooming in the swamp areas. We are seeing a lot of bright green pollen;
Now it is time to feed sugar patties and in a few weeks 1 to 1 syrup;
To prevent swarming it is also time to reverse. Put empty space above the brood; Place sugar patty over the brood;
Checkerboard if necessary;
This stays ahead of them wanting to swarm by showing them there is room to move up;
Be sure there is NO brood in the empty box before moving it up, to prevent chilled brood
Storage of drawn comb:Stack five or six boxes of drawn comb with a paper plate of paradichlrobenzine(can be purchased at Wal-mart for five dollars).
DO NOT USE NAPTHA BASED MOTH BALLS. These frames need to be aired out three to four weeks before putting them into the hives;
It's a good idea to spray new frames with Honey Be Healthy before placing in the hive.
Discussion was made about buying Vermont Queens this year. It was tabled till next meeting.
Farmers are realizing that bees provide a major service. It is not just more fruit provided; it is much improved quality of the fruits and vegetables that is provided.
Empty Kitty Litter jugs were given out to hold sugar water.
Meeting adjourned at 7:00pm. Next meeting is on March 13th at 6pm. Bee Keeping class will start at 7pm.