Dec. 11: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Jan. 4: Bee chat, location TBA
Jan. 15: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m., election of officers
Feb. 8: Bee chat, location TBA
Feb. 12: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Mar. 1: Bee chat, location TBA
Mar. 12: Business/Education meeting, PUD auditorium, 5 p.m.
Reports: Treasurer: checking account $1920.14, savings account $1128.69
- Mead class was considered highly successful.
- Bulk equipment order will be coming up soon; Wayne will email order forms.
- Locations needed for bee chats; Milepost 111, Bob’s on Grant Road and El Agave suggested.
- Apprentice class tentatively scheduled for March, location TBA
- Website needs attention. We may need to hire help. It would be useful to have member lists contain more contact information.
- Journeyman progress awaiting more information from W.S. Master Beekeepers
- Specific groups need to be developed to manage specific needs, e.g., swarm capture. A group for mentoring new beekeepers is particularly needed.
Al Zalewsky moderated a panel including Kristin Tayler, Steve Foley, and Jeff O’Brien on winter management.
All agreed that varroa treatment is needed but routines varied greatly. Grease patties for tracheal mites are used by some. Oxalic acid may treat for tracheal as well as varroa mites. Nosema appears to be a minimal problem locally.
Ventilation was agreed to be essential, but setups varied widely. Condensation is not a problem per se, but water dripping onto mass of bees is.
Insulation plans also varied widely, probably related to different conditions at different locations.
Wind protection was agreed to be useful.
Entrance reducer use and dimensions also varied (including Steve not being concerned if a mouse gets into the hive).
Feeding regimens also varied, but all agreed that adequate food over the winter is essential.
Amount of honey in a hive is estimated by weight. (Al uses a fisherman’s scale to lift one end of the hive, then multiplies that weight by 2.) Full deep frames weigh about 11 pounds, full super frames about 6. Syrup feeding in the fall is advocated by some, but liquid feed should be removed before winter as it becomes a cold sink. Various sugar preparations are used over winter, including dry sugar sprayed enough to maintain shape, and various cooked fondant-type preparations.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.