A smaller than usual group met on March 12, enjoyed coffee and doughnuts provided by Paul & Joyce Carter, Kevin & Linda Eggers and Jeff McLaughlin and welcomed to our club new member Steve Penick and his three sons.
President Roger Senechal gave a presentation entitled "Stay Ahead of the Bees", reminding us to inspect, feed if necessary and super our hives around April 1. He said Spring is the time some beekeepers reverse supers (as long as it doesn't break up the cluster), combine weak hives and maintain entrance reducers.
Vice President Linda Nutt had some Boardman feeders she is no longer using and brought them to give away. She has found hivetracks.com, the Internet data management resource Mike McDonald had recently showed us, to be a very helpful tool. She walked us through the different features of this website. Linda has been in contact with the creators of hivetracks.com and finds them very willing to hear about and incorporate suggestions for enhancing their product. Linda is inviting anyone interested to meet and brainstorm about ways to make hivetools.com even more helpful to us. She will collate our ideas and pass them on.
Paul Carter gave a demonstration of a bottom board adaptation for a small hive beetle trap. Although Paul showed us paradichlorobenzine crystals and moth cakes for preventing wax moths in our stored equipment, he reported knowing a commercial beekeeper who uses pure (and far less expensive) moth balls.
We are always welcome as guests at the Nashville Area Beekeepers Meetings, held 2nd Sundays at the Ellington Agricultural Center, 2:00 PM. March 13th's speaker will be teaching about the reason some beekeepers reverse their hive bodies in the Spring.
Cheatham Beekeepers are invited to the home of Mark & Lara Jarrell, 1098 Clarence Binkley Rd., Ashland City at 11 AM on March 26 to hear Marcus Hamilton, who has some innovative hive managemenet techniques to share with us.
Next regular monthly meeting will be at the Ashland City Library, 9:30 AM on April 9.