CHEATHAM COUNTY BEEKEEPERS
CHEATHAM CO. LIBRARY, ASHLAND CITY, TN
July 12, 2014
President Chris Robbins called the meeting to order at 9:30 am.
There were 29 people in attendance at this months meeting. After a short welcome, Chris turned the meeting over to Becky Harris who gave a presentation on extracting honey.
Becky explained that it was very important to have a bee free environment when you extract honey. The smell of the uncapped honey will attract any bees in the area. Becky sets up a 10X10 screened in tent in her yard to extract honey in. Honey is also easier to extract when it is warm, so if you are going to do it inside an air conditioned home, keep the frames outside until you are ready to extract them.
You want your frames to be free of bees when you extract. The four most common ways to remove the bees from the frames are:
1: Manually, by shaking and brushing them off.
2: The use of chemicals and a fume board, to drive the bees out.
3: Blowing the bees off the frames with a leaf blower. Be careful the queen is not blown out of the hive!
4: A bee escape: This allows bees to leave the frame, but they cannot return.
Uncapped honey: It is important the majority of the honey on your frames is capped, otherwise there may be too much moisture in your honey. This can cause the honey to ferment. The moisture level of your honey should be 18% or below, and can be tested with a refractometer.
There are three common methods to uncap honey. They are:
1: An uncapping pick
2: Serrated knife
3: Heated knife
Harvesting honey: The most common methods are:
1: Crush and Strain
2: Uncap-Invert-Drain (must have a warm area)
3: Mechanical Extraction, by use of either a radial or tangential extractor
After harvest, many people set their equipment and frames outside to let the bees clean them out. This is a violation of TN law. It prohibits this practice in order to prevent diseases from being spread, as bees from numerous colonies will clean the items up. If there is any disease present in your frames, you can spread it to all the colonies.
Honey should be strained after extraction, to remove the tiny particles present before it is bottled. There are numerous methods and micron sizes available to the beekeeper. Several items were displayed that can do the job.
This was the end of Becky’s presentation, after which she gave the treasurer’s monthly report. Our beginning balance was $1,363.29. Expenses for the month were $150.00, Income was $32.76, which left and ending balance of $1246.05.
David Hanson then read the Secretary’s notes from the previous months meeting. Both reports were accepted on voice votes.
Chris Robbins then led a discussion on the subject of the upcoming fair. A request was made for volunteers to assist with set up, assist with judging, and man the booth during the hours the fair is open. There were several volunteers and it appeared the necessary coverage was achieved. Our next monthly meeting will be held at the fairgrounds in order to help get as much set up done early as is possible.
There was further discussion on topics of honey sticks for the fair (will be ordered), educational videos, and an educational bee hive with picture displays. I was decided that we will purchase a bee hive, as it can be used yearly at the fair.
After this there was a general Q & A session with the three most dis:cussed topics being: ventilation of hives, the merits of screen bottom boards versus solid bottom boards, and the storing of honey supers during the off season.
The meeting ended after this discussion with a reminder that the next meeting (August 9, 2014) will be held at the Fairgrounds.
David K. Hanson