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September 2016 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday September 12th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

Time to have some good healthy conversation about bees. Bring your questions, bring your concerns and we will have our experienced beekeepers share their skills and knowledge.

Checking mite load and treating should be your main focus at this time of the year.  The time is here for you to check for varroa and get treatments in before it is too late to protect those winter bees. REMEMBER-TAKE CARE OF THE BEES THAT TAKE CARE OF THE BEES THAT GO INTO WINTER. A damaged house bee can’t take care of larvae the way she should, so those she is responsible for aren’t healthy when they final emerge and they are the bees that are suppose to live long  and over winter. If they are damaged, they don’t live long enough, and you end up with a dead colony next spring.

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Zika
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

August – Preparation for Fall

Now is the time to treat for mites, don’t delay. Pull your last supers and if you are leaving these for food don’t forget to remove your queen excluder. Prior to pulling any honey evaluate whether your bees have enough stores to winter on. If feeding is in order than, WITHOUT HONEY SUPERS, feed sugar syrup. Winter will be here soon and your actions this month go a long ways to eliminating winter losses.

See you soon.

 

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

August 2016 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday August 8th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

Critical time for our bees. The current dry weather conditions is effecting even our maintenance pants ability to produce nectar. Robbing hives of their honey can incite nearby hives into a robbing situation. Be very careful to avoid having a hive open too long. Pest, pest, pest…This is the time of the year where both varroa mite levels peak putting your colonies at risk. Hive beetle populations explode and some hives may need your intervention.

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Update from the July SCBA meeting??
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

August – Preparation for Fall

Start preparing to treat for mites. Mite levels at their peak and bring are vectors for a ton of viruses and disease. What method will you use to measure mite loads? When will you perform treatments if needed? What method of treatment will you be using? The queen will start slowing down and you will have time for a generation or two of healthy mite free bees going into winter. If your hive is light and not producing honey, consider feeding and re-queen as necessary to help the bees thrive into winter.

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

July 2016 Newsletter

ACBA July 2016 Meeting

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday July 11th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

Our major nectar flow has ceased and now is a great time to start extracting our honey harvest. There will still be minor nectar flows throughout the remainder of the season to help maintain hives if we get rain.

Early recommendation is to stat feeding any hive that is lacking in honey stores for winter. This recent dry weather has created an early dearth of nectar and a lack of blooms. Honey stores can disappear quickly under these conditions. Keep a close eye on honey. Don’t forget to reduce your entrance while feeding to reduce robbing.

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Club business/finances
  • SCBA summer meeting
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

July – Early Harvest!

Many beekeepers like to extract in early July to have a spring/early summer harvest which is often lighter in color and flavor. Wet supers can be placed directly back on the hive and allow the bees to “clean up” the remaining honey residue. Hive inspections should continue with focus on queen production. Requeening an underperformer now will greatly increase winter survivability.

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

April 2016 Newsletter

ACBA April 2015 Meeting    

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday April 11th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

We are on the doorstep of the start of our spring nectar flow. Hives are overflowing with bees and it is time to make some honey!!

 

It is also swarm season, and bees are swarmingJ

 

Our mentors will be working with our newly graduated class of beekeepers. What a class-96% of the class that took the final exam passed. Congratulations!!

 

Not too late to get bees, but time is running out very quickly. By now we should have added supers to our production hives adding room for both honey and brood. Keep a close eye on the new packages and nucs for 80% drawn – time to super.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

 

  • Starr town hall payment
  • Business news from the officers.
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

April – Room for Honey, room for Brood!

 

Install packages and feed sugar syrup as needed. Same for your nucs, feed them till they stop taking syrup. Add supers as necessary. Remember you can’t overdo drawn comb but only one super with new foundation at a time. Requeen underperformers or missing queens. Watch for swarms and catch if possible. Be safe! No swarm is worth harming yourself.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

March 2016 Newsletter

ACBA March 2016 Meeting   

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday March 14th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Temperatures are rising. Foragers are coming back with tons of pollen. Fed maple in full bloom. That means the queen is getting excited and laying. Get ready for the explosion of newly hatched bees. More and more drones emerging!!

 

New class will be finishing in the next week. Field day on the 19th. Will need mentors to be present to kick off a great start in the future of these new beekeepers. Nothing is more exciting than a new beekeeper going into a hive for the first time.

 

Are you ready for the spring? Boxes built/repaired, painted, new yard locations identified, bees ordered? Our spring nectar flow comes very quickly. Be preparedJ

 

Meeting agenda will cover

 

  • Current status of the short course for new beekeepers
  • Mentor program update
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

March – Monitor, monitor, monitor!

 

Evaluate overwintered hives and feed as necessary. If extra protein is needed pollen patties are a good choice now. Do be careful – excessive feeding/pollen can create early swarms!! Make sure you have room for incoming nectar… a shortage now means less honey later. If you are planning on harvesting varietal honey watch the blooms so you can harvest on time. Start reviewing swarm prevention. Now is the time to be proactive.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

February 2016 Newsletter

ACBA February 2016 Meeting

 

ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday February 8th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Special guest Jack Collins will be addressing the club! Jack will be speaking about getting ready for spring.

 

Get ready for spring. Breath of spring is blooming, red maples are getting ready to pop!

 

Don’t forget your bees. You need to pop the lid and check honey stores. Feed as needed.

 

Our beginners course for 2016 starts on the 9th. We still have a few open seats so spread the word! I need you to start thinking about being a mentor for new class members.

 

Don’t forget that it is time to pay your late dues for 2015. I am requesting all dues be paid in full by the end of the month. $25.00 covers all your local and state dues.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • Current status of the short course for new beekeepers
  • Jack Collins – Get ready for spring
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

 

INSIDE THE HIVE

February – Get ready for spring!

Have new woodenware on order and begin assembling. Paint with 2 coats of exterior latex over primer. Lighter colors in our area of the country will help hives stay cooler during the peak of summer. Make sure you have your feeding plans in place and review your calendar for the upcoming year milestones! Don’t forget there is still time to order bees for this year through our local sources – Joe Kelly, James Ott and Billy Craft. BTW, they have woodenware already painted for those not wanting to build their own.

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

January 2016 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday January 11th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Even though we have plenty of committed beekeepers I get a feeling some of you will be watching some sort of collegiate sporting event on Monday. I have heard rumors that there may possibly be a Clemson game. I forgive you ahead of timeJ

 

Dues, dues, dues. I do need all dues paid by end of the month if not sooner. We will be accepting dues at the meeting or you can send them to Dave Miller at 152 Colin Cove, Anderson, SC   29626. Make all checks payable to ACBA or Anderson County Beekeepers Association. $25 per member which $10 goes directly to State Association.

 

We have been experiencing above board temperatures during December and plenty of hives need feed!! We owe it to our bees to help them through winter.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • General business
  • Planning for 2016 – Meetings, queen rearing, workshops, speakers
  • Financial update
  • Open forum

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

January – Reading and Planning

 

Catch up on reading the bee magazine articles or read a good book on queen rearing, colony increase or other advanced topics. Attend other regional bee meeting if possible. Make sure you have your nucs or packages on order. Feed hives as needed. Not a lot going on in the hive.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

November 2015 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday November 9th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Our guest speaker will be Virginia Webb. Virginia is very active in Apimondia and will be discussing this wonderful association prior to her wax demonstration. She will be conducting a hands on demonstration making wax products (non-candle).

 

Hopefully you have been diligent through the season and your bees are ready for winter. Full super of honey along with honey in the brood box should get most hives through the winter. Temperatures are still in our favor to be feeding 50/50 sugar syrup either on the hive or with a community feeder. If you have any hives too small to make it through the winter the time to combine is now, do not delay.

 

We have a great December social planned this year. More to come!!

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • General business
  • Virginia Webb, Apimondia
  • Virginia Webb, wax demonstration

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

November – Finish Winter Preparation

 

Install mouse guards if you are using. Continue feeding 50/50 sugar syrup as needed. Ventilate hive is condensation is present. 1/8 inch shim on one end of the inner cover should be sufficient. Replace any defective equipment. Remove any queen excluders that are between the bees and winter stores. The cluster will not leave the queen behind! A good month to be selling honey!!

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

October 2015 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday October 12th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Our guest speaker will be Ben Alier. Ben is a local expert in the craft of making mead. In fact he is in the process of opening a meadery in Greenville. He comes to us on very high recommendations.

 

After a week of rain everyday our bees are very happy to be out and most folks are seeing a ton of very yellow pollen coming back to the hive. Quite a sight to see when 9 of 10 bees ae loaded with pollen. One concern after all this rain is the amount of honey stores used up when the bees were not able to fly. Check your hives and feed if necessary.

 

A quick look over the hood. Virginia Webb will be presenting next month on using your wax (everything but candles). I am looking forward to this oneJ

 

Meeting agenda will cover

  • December social
  • Ben Alier – making mead
  • Open forum bee talk

INSIDE THE HIVE

October – Winter Preparation

Continue to feed syrup as needed. Remember once the temps fall below the 50’s (daytime high), the bees may not be able to cure the syrup. Likely the last chance to combine any weak hives. One hive queen right, one queen less, sheet of newspaper in between and 2 days later you have a combined hive.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123

September 2015 Newsletter

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ACBA – Meeting will be held Monday September 14th at the Starr Town Hall at 7:00pm.

 

Time to have some good healthy conversation about bees. No speakers just our club!! Bring your questions, bring your concerns and we will have our experienced beekeepers share their skills and knowledge.

 

Checking mite load and treating should be your main focus at this time of the year.  The time is here for you to check for varroa and get treatments in before it is too late to protect those winter bees. REMEMBER-TAKE CARE OF THE BEES THAT TAKE CARE OF THE BEES THAT GO INTO WINTER. A damaged house bee can’t take care of larvae the way she should, so those she is responsible for aren’t healthy when they final emerge and they are the bees that are suppose to live long  and over winter. If they are damaged, they don’t live long enough, and you end up with a dead colony next spring.

 

One piece of housekeeping is our club representative. At the summer meeting the SCBA bylaw changes were approved and one change is for all clubs to have a voice. We need to decide who will represent the ACBA and bring any concerns/issues to the executive committee.

 

Meeting agenda will cover

 

  • Local club representative.
  • Open forum. Bee talk!!

INSIDE THE HIVE

 

August – Preparation for Fall

 

Now is the time to treat for mites, don’t delay. Pull your last supers and if you are leaving these for food don’t forget to remove your queen excluder. Prior to pulling any honey evaluate whether your bees have enough stores to winter on. If feeding is in order than, WITHOUT HONEY SUPERS, feed sugar syrup. Winter will be here soon and your actions this month go a long ways to eliminating winter losses.

 

See you soon.

 

 

James Ott

Owner, Cedar Ridge Apiary

President, Anderson County Beekeepers Association

864 221-2123