Anderson County Beekeepers Association
Minutes – 10/10/16
President James Ott opened the meeting at 7:00 pm. Wilson Wheeler offered a prayer. 23 people attended.
Business – James Ott is trying to line up officers to be voted in for the two year term starting January 1st. Officers are President, Vice President, Secretary, Membership Chairman (new position), Treasurer, and Chaplain (required by original By-Laws). According to the By-Laws, the President cannot succeed himself. Officers will be voted on at the December meeting. To volunteer, contact James.
The membership was questioned about a holiday party. It was decided to meet again at the Golden Corral banquet room on December 12th at 6:00 pm. Members will purchase their own dinners and are responsible for tips at their tables. Gifts will be purchased by the club to distribute to attendees.
$25 dues for the calendar year 2017 will be collected between October and December 31st. The state association wants their portion ($10) in January. A membership dues notice will be mailed to all.
Treasurer’s Report – Dave Miller was absent.
Website – Bill Glenn has posted new items to the Resources section of the club website, www.andersonbeekeepers.org, to help members legally sell their honey.
- a copy of an application for honey exemption,
- an article describing how to properly label jars,
- the rules of how many pounds may be sold and to whom,
- and a link to the state site.
The club’s monthly minutes for two years have also been added.
A closed Facebook group has been opened for our members. It is named Beekeepers Community of Upstate SC. Renae Ausburn and Bruce Garner are the administrators for the site. Only those in the group will see the posts. https://www.facebook.com/groups/533767900148226/
Program – Bee Talk: Q & A.
Randolph Pearson brought seeds to share from his Korean Evodia tree, commonly called Be-be tree. His trees flower in July and August when there are fewer flowers for nectar. The blossoms are covered by bees. This is a slow growing tree to ~30’ in a sunny location. More than one is necessary, since there are male and female trees.
Mitchell Burdette has recently lost hives and doesn’t know why. Could it be foulbrood disease? If he is unsure, he always burns the whole hive and bees. There was plenty of honey in his hive so they weren’t robbed, they were not lying dead on the ground, and there was no foul odor. Bees in contact with neonicotinoids on plants often suffer from navigation problems and cannot find their home. No other members at the meeting had exactly the same problem.
Brad Cavin, the state Apiary Inspector, routinely takes samples and tests of 10 to 15 colonies for levels of incoming diseases – those not appearing in our area yet. You may contact Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-596-2993 if you suspect a disease.
One member asked why their bees look so small. Too much inbreeding? Also, there are types of smaller bees, but Mr. Ott ventured an opinion that maybe they simply haven’t fattened up due to the poor weather and little food. It was suggested that bees be fed pollen for protein now. Not in the hive, as that would draw hive beetles, but from a covered area, like a blue bird feeder placed near the hive. Dry pollen can be purchased for about $10/1 # or $90/50 lbs.
Mr. Ott stated that you better be feeding sugar syrup during this dearth to ensure your bees will be healthy enough to get through winter. They have probably already consumed much of their stored honey. Mr. Randolph said he puts ~1/2 cup of plain vinegar into 5 gallons of syrup to keep it fresh and to prevent mold. Some people put Honey Bee Healthy into the syrup also.
Be sure and remove empty supers to discourage hive beetles. Hive excluders should be removed going into winter so the queen can go up into the honey stores. If she is blocked, the colony will not leave her to go eat and all will starve to death together.
Ryan Whitfield described his comb as filled with royal jelly – bees do not store royal jelly. He will send a photo to James, but Mitchell Burdette and Mr. Pearson will go to see Ryan’s hive to make sure it isn’t a disease.
Question: How many frames of brood should be in a healthy hive at this time of year? 3 to 5 frames of brood would be good. May need to have plenty of honey to get them through till spring.
Door Prizes –None. Members are encouraged to bring any door prizes, not just bee stuff.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Linda Rakey, Secretary