NCW Beekeepers Business/Education Meeting, October 16, 2016
Nov. 12 Mead class – see below
Nov. 13 Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Bee chat ??
Mead class Saturday, Nov. 12 @ 1 p.m., Tiera Learning Center, $20 per participant, $15 per kit
(old ones may be used), one quart of honey to one gallon of mead; contact Jeff Hampton to sign up and/or order kit/s
Washington Master Beekeepers has split off from Washington State Beekeepers and is now the strictly education-related organization. Paying the $5 annual membership fee was approved.
Annual meeting in January will include election of officers and voting on proposed bylaws changes. Tell Steve if interested in being an officer.
Bylaw changes must be presented at the December meeting and may include term limits and/or fees for officers, and disposition of funds in the event of dissolution of the organization.
Steve Olsen moderated a panel including Deb Stansbery, Daryn Klinginsmith, Craig Genereux and Emilka Furmanczyk. The general topic were centered around fall mangement. Misc notes are included below:
- Crystallization of honey over the winter is apparently not common for Debra. Sun on the hive may help.
- Fall re-queening isn’t commonly done since drones are gone by the fall. It can be done if purchasing a queen. The surviving queen can be ready to go early in the spring, but will be lost if the hive is lost. Most of panel keep nucs from swarms or splits to have a spare queen. Craig and Emilka explained “notching” the cell of a very young larva to encourage production of a queen cell.
- Weak hives can be combined with others by placing a sheet of newspaper between the hive bodies. Craig makes temporary use of a queen excluder to accustom bees to the new pheromone.
- Feeding plans varied. Deb leaves supers on the hive and harvests honey in spring. Weighing hives determines whether they have the 90-100# of honey needed to winter over without feeding. Sugar patties (fondant) are commonly used; Craig adds essential oils as attractant; addition of lemon or cream of tartar may help bees digest sugar.
- Ventilation is important. Partial wrap for warmth may be helpful (dark paper on sunny side) but enthusiastic insulation without ventilation is dangerous.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.