NCW Beekeepers Meeting
November 19, 2017
No bee chat in December
December 10 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m. fire station (Note: this is a date change.)
Honey tasting: bring some and Drawing for goodies
January 11 Bee chat, location TBA
January 21 Business/Education meeting, 5 p.m., firehouse, elections
Informal discussion of several topics: Al noted hive losing considerable weight but with active bees, presumed from relatively warm weather but lack of forage. Prevention of moisture buildup in hives considered, and good ventilation appears more effective than absorbent. Glycerin-oxalic acid appears to work well for mite control. (See Randy Oliver’s information online for details. He is working on getting system certified.) Towels placed between brood boxes and left for weeks… or until bees destroyed the towels. Fogging oxalic acid appears effective and efficient for large numbers of hives. Formic acid (“MiteGone”) 65% saturation on a sponge enclosed in cellophone sleeve on the outside surface of outer frames for 2 weeks also produced good results. Al spoke to Manson Grange, found only 10-12 people with limited enthusiasm; this is anticipated with groups other than school kids, who are generally very enthusiastic.
Al would like suggestions for future educational sessions.
Treasurer Report Checking $3078.77 Savings $1130.98
Bulk order: Wayne reported some discrepancy either in pickups or in delivery from supplier; members were requested to check their orders. It was noted that frames from Western Bee are not exactly the same dimensions as those from Mann Lake but will fit nonetheless.
Bees: Charles Schafer will have bees again but price not yet determined. Ruben will have nucs
for $140, also queens. Bees from Mike in Sequim must be arranged individually.
Jeff reported 35 attended the mead class with 20+ kinds of mead were presented. Short fermentation produces an alcohol content of 3-5%; Jeff keeps some longer to achieve 18%.
The WVC hive is doing well after queen replacement, and student is returning next year.
Work continues on the website. Bee orders and bulk equipment orders will eventually be possible online.
Elections will be held at the January meeting. All offices are open. Volunteers are needed.
Steve will again teach the apprentice course in March. Texts are being printed – bound copies.
Dues will remain $20 for individuals, $25 for families.
Additions and corrections cheerfully accepted.