BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION MINUTES
APRIL 11, 2015
The meeting, held at the Cheatham County Library was called to order by Chris Robbins, president. 22 adults and 1 child were present: at least one of the adults joined that day as a new member, the remaining 21 were already members.
Morgan Turpin gave the treasurers report: The beginning balance this month was $2000.77. There was a $200.00 deposit, proceeds from the short course, giving an ending balance of $2200.77.
The main topic of discussion this day was about installation of packages.
Chris led the demonstration. He had woodenware, an empty package and an empty queen cage. He pantomimed the process of carefully removing the syrup can, hanging onto the queen cage. He suggested the method of removing 4-5 frames from the hive box and shaking the bees in, then replacing the frames, and adjusting them so they would support the Queen cage, hung perpendicularly between 2 frames. He emphasized the importance of being sure to remove the cork from the end with the sugar, not the other end! He spoke of then simply putting the package box near the hive opening to allow any straggler bees to fly out and join the colony. He mentioned that it is perfectly fine to start 2 new hives from packages right next to one another.
An alternate way of installation was briefly discussed, namely simply setting the opened package into the box, with just a few frames near the outer edges in place, allowing the bees to simply leave the package at their own pace. Almost all the members present said they used the shaking out of the box method. An alternative way to place the queen cage, horizontally on top of the frames, was briefly mentioned as well.
Chris and Carrie reported that the Buckfast Nucs they had purchased are doing well. Chris said that there were at least 2 additional Nucs from the supplier that would be available in early May.
Chris mentioned that he will be working to create some splits, and it may be possible to arrange some of his work so that club members can come observe.
Discussion then went on to include the idea of “thinking like a bee thinks”. An example of this was that if you use a couple frames with capped honey in your new hive, you should scratch them, the bees will “think” it is the honey flow, and the queen will lay, lay, lay!
Another brief discussion took place on the nature of swarms. Although bees do indeed swarm to address overcrowding, there are certainly other unidentifiable reasons whe they sometime swarm.
The next regular meeting will be Saturday may 9th at the Cheatham County library.
Respectfully submitted, Margaret Beaver, secretary.