The Northern Neck Beekeepers met on January 15th with Jim Elkin opening at 7pm. Hyte gave the treasurer’s report which is attached to these minutes.
Fran King gave information on the new class. It will start February 5th. Fran will email Flyers to be dispersed to the community. She will do a live interview at the local radio stations and place adds in the local newspapers. (Fran did the live radio interview on Friday, February 2, 2018 and did an excellent job.)
Fran also announced that there will be information forth coming on a new queen rearing class.
John Olivier visited New Zealand to visit family. While there he attended a bee keepers club one day. He also spent time with a semi-professional bee keeper. He said New Zealand is a wonderful bee keeping area and well worth the visit.
Mike gave information on when and how far you can go into the hive during the winter.
70 degrees and sunny – you can go into the hive and inspect the whole hive.
60 degrees and sunny – can go into the hive to check stores.
50 degrees – just open and if there is a clump of bees at the top you probably need to feed.
30 degrees – you can feed because there is no brood but go fast and close up as soon as possible.
You must put the food on top of the cluster. If they have plenty of honey they do not need to be fed.
Cleaning up Dead Outs:
Take the frame out and smack it and the bees will fall out.
Clean frame up and keep it in a dry place and mouse proof.
Use those frames when you divide hives in the spring.
Good time to check frames and replace scummy ones.
Need to feed pollen in the spring as they start brood production (the middle of February).
You can use dry pollen substitute by taking a milk jug, keep the cap on, cut a hole in the side and hang. The bees can fly in and get the pollen.
February is when you usually reverse hive bodies. It will probably be later due to the cold weather.
Time to get supers ready. In early February clean frames and supers and let them air out.
It is also time to do mite monitoring and treat in February if you have mites. Try to treat before there is brood.
The new club t-shirts were passed out and new orders were taken. The next meeting will be February 12th at 6pm with the second class. Meeting closed at 8.40pm