ACBA October 14 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
October 14, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 16 Visitors: 2
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
Upcoming Events:
ACBA Christmas Supper will be Monday, Dec. 9th
location will be at Mama Penn’s in Anderson @ 6pm
Speaker: Keith Raines
• If you’ve removed your honey, allow bees to clean spun frames. If you do this by placing
back on hives, make sure to remove them within 24 hours to reduce chances of them
refilling.
• Make sure you remove excluders so the queen can move up this winter if needed.
• Place excluder under bottom of stored honey supers to deer mice from ruining your wax.
• Keep SHB at bay by using Beetle Blasters, Beetle Jails, Beetle B Gone. If you use
screened bottom boards, implement oil trays.
• Treat for varroa, if you haven’t already. Make sure and use package directions for any
treatments.
• Preform mite counts before and after treatment on your hives via sugar roll or alcohol wash.
• Keep check on honey stores. The weight of the hive is a good indicator.
October and November Beekeeping Calendar
• Combine week colonies
• Queenless hives should be combined with “queen right” hives
• Replace and or repair equipment
• Close down hive entrances to smallest opening
• Less activity, cold weather sends them into clusters
• Warn days, bees will take cleansing flights and forage for pollen
• Store equipment properly to prevent moth damage
• Feed Feed Feed! when temps allow (45-50 degrees)
• Start thinking about new bees! Reserve your NUCS or packages ASAP
Please promote our 2020 Beekeeping Course
Dates are Feb. 11th, 18th, 25th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, rain date on the 24th
6 week course, classes at AFCU, $75.00 Field day 1st Sat. after end of course.
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@gmail.com
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
Next meeting, November 11, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

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