What's the Buzz

September Newsletter for YCBA

What's up in the hives this month?

I know mine had moths ugh! Fed all the honey back to the bees they're going to be fat come spring!!

In September the hive population continues to drop and drones start to disappear. The queen is laying fewer eggs. Some or all colonies may need feeding. Some or all colonies may need re-queening. Pollen should only be fed dry in outside feeders or mixed in syrup. No patties should be fed due to increased small hive beetle activity. Look out for robber bees-reduce the entrance.

  • Feed if necessary (especially if re-queening) pollen and syrup
  • Equalize colony strength
  • Continue mite evaluations
  • Attend bee meetings
  • Update “bloom calendar

From The YCBA president

About him: I visited with Steve in his wonderful honey house. He lives in a family compound with his daughters and his brother, his is the house with ALL the lights on Chester highway. After being in politics for many years he missed the sweet talk so decided to keep bees. The first year the bees did not survive the winter so he decided it was time to do the school. His greatest joy is watching the bees work; in amazement that such a tiny creature can do such great things.

He was the President of York for 4 years then became our state president; he loved meeting new people throughout the state and country learning new techniques and sharing a common love.

Here are his three top tips:


  • Do bee school
  • Find yourself a Bee Buddy
  • Don't give up, its easy to get discouraged, but after the initial learning curve it takes off. Gather knowledge from everyone but pick and choose what works for you.

Bloom Calendar For the Piedmont of South Carolina

Well hey, not much out there but

Asters

Goldenrod

Shop towel mite control

While at the conference in July, Randy from scientific beekeeping talked about mite control with infused shop towels, I thought you would be interested in some of the latest research on that.

http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-shop-towel-updates/

Big picture

All wrapped up and ready for Florence.

From a Newbee

I had a wonderful visit on the pristine acreage of Karen and Mark Schlensker talking BEES. Karen had some wonderful insight into "beeing" a new bee keeper.

Karen decided to keep bees to help with allergies. She took the class and became the proud mama of tens of thousands of honey bees in their sparkling new homes; custom built by Gerald Lanford.

And then the fun began. After investing so much time and effort into getting the bees, really nothing prepared her for that first venture into the hive. Karen stressed the importance of mentorship especially in the beginning when you really are nervous about everything. As simple as taking the top off for the first time, what do you look for? How do you know that your hive is flourishing or in trouble? Fortunately for Karen, John Gardner came to her aid, talked her through opening her hive and inspecting the frames.

Another concern was buying stuff that you may or may not need, spending money on gadgets that are not really necessary.

Karen has tried to master the Oxcalic treatment, with varying degrees of success, but she has soldiered through the ups and downs and her hives are buzzing.

Here are some important dates

October 11th 6:30 Meeting at Cowboy Church-How to Sell Honey and demonstration of Varoa Mite heat treatment-you have to be present in order to rent the equipment

November 15th 6:30 Open question forum, submit or bring all your concerns, questions and the panel of experts (TBD) will try to answer your questions, great opportunity to get to know more about beekeeping.

December 13th: Holiday Party 6:30-we will have this function catered cost will be $15 per head.

We will need donations for a silent auction. Please bring donations to our meeting in November. Please sign up at the sign in table, also list anything you are willing to donate.