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March 11 2019 Meeting Notes (revised)

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
March 11, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 41 Visitors: 4
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Eastern Apicultural Society 2019, July 15th-19th at Greenville Convention Center
(Prices have not been set for 2019)
For reference, EAS 2018 prices were:
$25 to join
One day pass $70 per day
Short Course Only $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
3 day conference $180 (Mon.-Wed.)
Full week $260
Upcoming Local Events:
– Tuesday 3/26/19 Club representative will be speaking to local women’s gardening group
– SC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale Friday 4/5, 2pm-6pm and Saturday 4/6, 9am-1pm
– Saturday 4/13/19 Native Plant Society, Plant Sale, 8:30am-1:00pm, Conestee Nature
Park in Mauldin
– Monday 4/22/19 Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Earth Day, Clemson
Speaker: Keith Raines
Topic: Getting New Bees!!
Ways to get them:
Package Bees, A Nuc, Swarms, Catching a Swarm, Splits, Existing Hive
Package Bee:
• Bees are shaken from miscellaneous hives
• Weighed out into 2,3, or 4lb. packages, aprox. 3500 bees per lb. (Most common is 3 lb.)
• The mated queen is raised separate, placed in queen cage, hung in package in order to
allow bees to get use to her pheromones.
• A can of sugar water syrup is placed in package.
• No frames, wax, pollen or honey included.
• Best to install at dusk.
• This is the “nucleus” of an existing hive. A 5 frame NUC usually has 3 frames brood, 1
frame honey and 1 frame pollen. The original queen and bees.
• You are getting 5 frames of drawn comb.
• Some NUCS are sold with a separate queen.
• Some people sell 3 frame NUCS. (1 frame bees/1honey/1pollen)
• When purchasing, make sure you know what you’re getting.
• Follow the sellers instructions about transferring or pickup times.
• Bees swarm to reproduce.
• They put the queen on a diet.
• The worker bees make and fill queen cells.
• The queen will slow down or stop laying.
• Scout bees are looking for a new place to live.
• When ready, the hive will swarm taking 40-60% of the work force with them.
• A new queen will emerge in the original hive.
Catching a Swarm:
• You can build or buy swarm traps to catch a swarm.
• Lures—Old drawn frames/Lemongrass oil/Commercial lures like Swarm Commander/
• Placement—S-SE facing tree line. 4-24ft.
• Size—approx. equal to a deep super, OR NOT!!
Frames—1-10, leaving extra room.
• Move to apiary at dusk.
• You can easily catch a swarm that has flown into a tree or bush. Easy if it is close to the
ground, on flexible limb.
• It can be more difficult if inside or on a solid surface.
• It is not worth falling out of a tree or getting electrocuted.
If you are new to beekeeping, get experienced help!!
• Are you doing it during spring, before honey flow?
• Are you doing it in the fall?
• Do you leave them in the same area, after the split?
• Do you let them make a queen or add a new one?
• Do you have enough brood?
• Do you understand placement of the frames?
• Do you need to feed?
Existing Hive:
• You can purchase an existing, working hive.
• Price will depend on: time of year, quality of woodwork, and strength of bees.
• In a “honey flow”, how many supers are on and filled?
• Is moving going to be a problem?
March Beekeeping Calendar
• This is a critical time for starvation. Young bees are hatching and the size of the colony is
increasing by hundreds, if not thousands, daily. Workers bees are foraging and drones
appearing. Ass the days grow longer, the queen increases her egg production. Colonies
wishing to swarm may start to raise swarm cells and colonies with failing queens may start
supersedure cells. These will hatch in 16 days. Weather permitting, a few early swarms
can occur. Food stores are being consumed at a rapid rate, but cold windy weather can
affect nectar sources. Keep close watch on food stores!!!!
• Check honey stores.
• Think about requesting a failing queen. DON’T KILL TIL YOU HAVE A NEW ONE!
• Make sure all medications are removed as specified on label.
• When the hive body is full (8 out of 10 frames), add another honey super.
• Attend bee meetings.
• Order NUCS, packages, and or queens NOW!!!
Bees For Sale (All Dates Subject To Change)
Joe Kelly 864-845-6663 Nuc’s available 1st week in April
Billy Craft 864-617-7630 Packages available for pickup March 25th & 26th
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Thanks to all who donated!
Please retain your red tickets. A complete cypress hive, donated by Joe and Lynne Kelly, will
be drawn for during the April meeting.
Next meeting, April 8, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary