NCW Beekeepers Meeting
March 12, 2017
March 18 & 25 Apprentice Class, Henry Bldg., Cashmere, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
April 13 Bee Chat 6 p.m. Milepost 111 (in Cashmere)
April 15 Chelan Earth Day 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
April 23 Leavenworth Earth Day 12 – 4 p.m.
April 23 Education/Business Meeting 5 p.m. Douglas County Fire Dept. (on Eastmont)
Reports: Treasurer: checking account $3430.47, savings account $1129.43
Panel of Al Zalewski, Emilka Fumanczyk, Jeff O’Brien, Craig Genereux, and Stan Peak
Survey of hives surviving the winter showed approximately 2/3 survived
Temperature criteria for doing hive inspection: Above 50-55o with bees actively flying was considered appropriate for a quick look from the top of the hive, done quickly to avoid chilling brood. Full inspection (pulling frames) should wait until 60o.
Need for feeding: Hives with plenty of honey going into winter and being heavy in spring don’t need feeding. Pollen patty was considered. It was noted that fermented honey can cause dysentery, but honey in capped cells cannot ferment.
Rotating boxes and frames: As the queen will likely be in the upper hive body, boxes should be reversed but the brood ball maintained intact and moved into the center of the box. (Reverse the boxes again in the fall to place the queen in the lower box again.) Keep boxes filled with frames to prevent excessive burr comb, and consider an additional spacer. Dirty comb can fairly easily be scraped from plastic frames.
Varroa treatment: Oxalic acid was agreed to be the most effective and least costly. It has been considered that resistance does not occur, although there is some recent question. Higher (5x) concentrations have proved harmless to bees, but the recommended 2 grams is for a two-box ten-frame hive, and doses should be adjusted down for smaller hives.
Volunteers are needed for both Chelan and Leavenworth Earth Days.
It is possible that bee packages will arrive on Chelan’s Day. A net bag is recommended for
transporting and transferring bees.
Daryn reported that progress toward an installation at the tree research center is slow.
A formal mentorship program was judged unnecessary as there is consultation easily available
at bus/ed meetings and bee chats.
Whether the club could purchase and store bulk equipment for easier availability to members
was considered; no decision was made.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.