Feb 11 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
February 11, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 33
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler
• Door prize ticket sales started this month.
– $1.00 tickets
– better prizes
– money for the club
– winning ticket chooses prize
• Name tags for members during club meetings and events
• Annual Beekeeping Course began 1/22/19, 6 week program, 23 students enrolled
Upcoming Events:
• Anderson County
– Tuesday 3/26/19 Club representative will be speaking to local women’s gardening group
– Saturday 4/6/19 SC Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale 9am-1pm
– Saturday 4/13/19 Chili Cook off Championship
– Date TBA Hot Air Affair, Rise Above Cancer (3 day event)
– Date TBA Williamston Spring Water Festival (2 day event)
• March 1-2, 2019 NCSBA & SCBA joint meeting in Monroe, NC
• July 15-19, 2019 EAS at Greenville Convention Center
Speaker: Keith Raines
Topic: “Different Ways To Feed Bees” (50/50 sugar to water ratio)
Boardman Feeder
Placed at entrance of the hive
– easy to see level of sugar water
– easy to remove and refill
– can promote robbing due to location of feeder
Division Board Feeder (Frame Feeders)
Placed in the brood super in place of 1-2 frames
– feeder can hold more liquid
– feed is inside, giving less chance of robbing
– feeders may have to be modified to prevent drowning
– honey supers must be removed in order to refill, check or clean
– room is sacrificed that could otherwise be used for brood
Top Feeders
Top feeders are made of wood or plastic. Place directly on top of hive super or brood box with
inner cover removed.
– enclosed in hive, reduces chances of robbing
– can hold 1-2 gallons
– can be filled without disturbing bees
– many bees can feed at once
– good for almost any time of the year for feeding
– might not be the best during freezing weather
– some have floating platforms and may drown bees
NOTE: Make sure telescoping top is tight on top of feeder. Make sure inner cover is removed.
Community Feeders
Often made with a 5 gallon bucket with sticks, branches or rocks to prevent drowning. Or
chicken waterers, bird baths, etc. with sticks, rocks or moss to prevent drowning.
– many hives in the same area can be feed at the same time without handling hives
– your not going into hives to check for issues as frequently
– you end up feeding everything including yellow jackets, hornets, ants etc.
NOTE: Always place community feeders away from the hives to decrease chances of robbing
Jar Feeders (Inside)
– can be placed directly above cluster
– one of the best ways to feed in winter.
– bees will propolize the holes in the lid
– you need an extra super to cover jar(s)
– in extreme cold, you cannot open hive to refill
Bucket or Pail Feeders
A small 1 or 2 gallon pail or bucket, with small holes in the center of the lid, is placed upside
down on top of the center hole of the inner cover. An empty super is placed around it with the
outer cover on top.
– you can feed 1-2 gallons at a time
– feeding inside the hive offers less chance for robbing
– you have to have an extra brown super to cover the pail
Migratory Tops with Hole(s)
– in clear view to check sugar water level
– easy to refill
– can use pint to gallon jars
– hole in the top has to be tight as to not let rain or snow leak onto bees
– bees usually propolize the holes in the lid
Q & A:
How long does sugar water last?
It depends, but additives like Honey Bee Healthy or lemon grass oil may help prolong.
Changing it more often and using less in the feeders may help as well.
How do you store drawn comb?
If the drawn comb has never had brood or pollen in it (i.e. YOUR honey supers) you can store
the frames in the supers stacked and covered with a metal queen excluder underneath. If the
comb has had pollen or brood, it will attract wax moths. It is best to store in a freezer, or keep
in AIR TIGHT containers. Others choose to use a product called Para-Moth.
February Beekeeping Calendar
• Check food stores
• Treat for Varroa Mites if needed
• Attend bee meetings
• Assemble and clean equipment
• Order bees or queens
Bees For Sale (All Dates Subject To Change)
Joe Kelly 864-845-6663 Nuc’s available 1st week in April
James Ott 864-221-2123 Nuc’s available 1st week in April
Billy Craft 864-617-7630 Packages available for pickup Mon. & Tues., March 25th & 26th
Bee Well Honey in Pickens 864-898-5122 Nuc’s (Sold Out) & Packages-Call for available dates
Facebook: Anderson County Beekeepers Association of SC
Website: www.andersonbeekeepers.org
email: acbaofsc@ gmail.com
Discounted rates for American Bee Journal $28 to $23.80
Door Prizes were handed out at the close of the meeting.
A package of bees was donated by Billy Craft to be given to one lucky member via a free
drawing. Jim Bach was the winner!
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, March 11, 2019
6:30 pm fellowship and refreshments, meeting at 7pm.
Respectfully Submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

January 14 2019 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers
Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2019
Anderson Federal Credit Union
100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621
Members in Attendance: 31
Meeting was called to order by Keith Raines, President
• 2019 membership fees are due
• Suggestion for $1 tickets to be purchased for door prizes meetings
• What does Anderson have to offer for the ACBA objective
• Possibility of club name tags
• No minutes from December in lieu of the December Christmas Party
• Plant photos for identification purposes to be collected for club use
• Save the date for the Eastern Apicultural Society July 15-19, 2019
Keith Raines was speaker. Topic covered was the testing and treatment for Varroa Mite.
Looking for Varroa
• Brown or red spot on white larva
• Deformed wings
• Inspect for mites in drone brood between upper and lower frames
• 15 to 100 mites use to be acceptable, now only 2 per 100
Testing Methods for Varroa
• Powdered Sugar Shake, no bees are killed with this method
• Alcohol Wash, most accurate, but will kill the bees
• Screened Bottom Boards, using the sticky board method
• Drone Brood Inspection, kills the drone brood
The practical version to the Powdered Sugar Shake:
• Find brood frame with bees
• Knock bees off into hive top
• Scoop up 1/2 cup of bees and place in jar
• Put about 1 TB powdered sugar into jar
• Shake, wait, shake
• Shake out sugar & mites onto plate, spray with water
• Sugar dissolves to count the mites
Varroa Treatments
“Natural” Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Drone Comb- You can purchase drone foundation which the queen will only lay drone brood
in. The varroa prefer drone brood. After cells are capped, remove the frame and place in
freezer for 24-48 hours. This kills the drone brood along with any mites.
Powdered Sugar Dusting- It’s best to use powdered sugar without cornstarch. Sift sugar
twice, put into empty, clean baby powder container. Smoke hive, and remove frames one by
one. Don’t shake sugar but dust each frame with a puff of sugar dust. Also dust tops of bars.
This should be repeated once a week for 3 weeks.
Other Varroa Treatments
Apistan (Fluvalinate)
-Used in Europe
-Mites become resistant
-May shorten life of drones, believed to weaken queen
-US mite population has developed a resistance to this product
-Manufactured by Bayer Corp.
-Strips impregnated with coumaphos, an ingredient used in deadly nerve gas
-Known to leave residue in wax
-Widespread resistance
Mite-Away Quick Strips and Mite-Away II (Formic Acid)
-Formic acid is considered a natural sourced chemical
-Will penetrate the brood capping to kill mites
-Not suggested for 1st year beekeepers due to it being caustic and tricky to use
-May be safe to apply during honey flow??
-25% Thymol, slow release gel
-Recommended for summer and fall
-1st treatment is 2 weeks, 2nd treatment is 2-4 weeks
-93% mite control level
-Considered a “soft” chemical treatment
Api-Life VAR
-74% Thymol, Eucalyptol/Menthol& Camphor
-Must be removed 1 month before honey flow
-Each pack contains 2 wafers, use 1 wafer per treatment per hive
-3 applications 7-10 days intervals per hive
-95% mite control level
-Considered a “soft” chemical treatment
Apivar (Amitraz)
-Not temperature sensitive
-Use 2 strips per brood chamber
-Spread by bees walking across and feeding on
-Leave strips in place for at least 6 weeks, 10 weeks maximum
-97-99% efficiency
-Considered “hard” chemical treatment
Oxalic Acid (wood bleach)
-Approved in US on 10/13/15 by using NAFTA to get the test results for the EPA rushed
-Does not build up in wax and is found naturally in plants, vegetables and honey
-Labeled with the highest level of toxicity “Category 1”, CAUTION MUST BE USED when
-Can be applied by drip, vaporization or spraying
-Only treat ONCE a year with little or no brood
Try to check for mites at least 3 or 4 times a year.
NEVER treat with honey supers on!
Always read and follow all instructions on the packet.
Use glove and eye protection when working with these chemicals.
January Beekeeping Calendar:
Clean, paint and assemble equipment
Check food stores
Check for moisture/proper ventilation
Attend local bee meetings
Order bees NOW!
At the conclusion of the meeting, door prizes were given out.
Thank you to all who came out and donated. Next meeting is February 11, 2019.
Reminder, new this year, at 6:30pm, will be fellowship and refreshments and meeting will start
at 7:00pm.
Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

Nov 12 2018 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes


November 12, 2018

Anderson Federal Credit Union

100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621

Members in Attendance:  27


Meeting was called to order by Dave Miller, President.  Opening Prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.

Guest speakers were Chad and Kerri, who make candles and soaps for Bee Well Honey of Pickens.

They gave a very brief talk about how they process their wax for use in candle making as well other uses.  Samples of their products were passed around for members to get an idea of items they use and make with beeswax.

Some key facts on the use of beeswax for candle making included:

  • Melting point for beeswax is about 150 degrees
  • Beeswax burns brighter than paraffin wax
  • You can use old clean curtain sheers to filter the hot wax
  • Beeswax contains no toxicity, while paraffin contains many toxins
  • Beeswax neutralizes pollutants in the air, while paraffin adds pollutants
  • The burning of candles is known to aid in stress relief
  • Properly sized wicks must be used in conjunction with the candle size you’re making


Dave Miller gave a brief summary of his attendance of the SCBA meeting on November 2nd.

Anderson Civic Center was mentioned as a possible venue to hold future meetings.

The state wants to raise the membership fees from $10.00 to $15.00.

A honeybee specialty plate design for the SC DMV was voted on and will be offered at $10.00 PLUS the regular plate fees.


Newly revised By Laws were approved after motion was made, seconded and vote taken.

Christmas Party plans were discussed and decided upon.  It will be held on the regular meeting date of December 10th at 6pm.  A reminder with location address will be sent out via email.

Door prizes were handed out at the close of meeting.  Thank you to all who donated.


Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

ACBA October 2018 Meeting Minutes

Subject: October meeting minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes

October 8, 2018                                                                      Members in attendance:  36

Anderson Federal Credit Union

100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621


Meeting was called to order by Keith Ausburn, Vice President, in absence of club president.  Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.


Guest speaker was Kerry Owen, owner of Bee Well Honey in Pickens, SC and president of the South Carolina Beekeepers Association.

Kerry opened with reminders of what our $10 state dues goes towards and handed out brochure’s regarding this for future members to receive.  Also reminded our association to take advantage of grants that are available.

His spoke of what to do and not do this time of year in our hives to prepare them for winter.

·        Remove extra supers.  It creates too much space for them to protect from invaders and pests like the small hive beetle, wax moths and varroa mites.

·        Treating your hives for varroa mites is essential.

·        His hives are tested by the USDA, and you can volunteer your hives to be tested for pests, diseases and viruses as well.

·        Feeding inside the hive is best, enclosed.  SHB are drawn to sugar water outside the hive.  Keep the feeders clean and avoid sour sugar water.

·        Pollen patties should be avoided.  It creates a feeding ground for SHB.  You could try an alternative by mixing pollen substitute with powdered sugar and sprinkle this over the bees in small quantities.

·        Assess mite level counts at 4-month intervals.

·        Repair hardware if necessary

·        Do not open your hives unnecessarily after November

·        Clean up your bee yard of dead out boxes.  They create a breeding ground for SHB and wax moths.

·        Feed, feed, feed!

Q & A:

What ratio of sugar to water do you use?  1:1

How often should we be treating for varroa?  Try every 4 months, if possible

Should we be worried about becoming honey bound?  Not this time of year.  Just feed, feed, feed!

What treatment do you recommend?  Apivar is what he likes and uses. It contains Amitraz.

He suggested another option to requeening would be to purchase and use queen cells instead. Sometimes queens are sold prior to being given time to breed adequately enough.





Business:  Two motions were brought to the members for a vote.

ACBA minutes Sept 2018

Subject: ACBA minutes Sept 2018

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes


September 10, 2018                                                                Members in attendance: 23

Anderson Federal Credit Union, 100 Hanna Crossing, Anderson, SC 29621


Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.

Guest speaker was Ryan A Okey, Pesticide Program Chief at Clemson University’s Regulatory & Public Service Programs Department of Pesticide Regulation.

  • During investigations, state and federal credentials are utilized.
  • 72 hours is the crucial time frame for affected hives.

How they regulate:

  • Clemson was designated as State Lead Agency by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) in 1972
  • Every product is registered under FIFRA
  • No new active ingredient has been added in 18 years, although many have been removed
  • 12 investigators with independent lab

What they do:

  • Protect consumer property and environment
  • Ensure safe and proper use of pesticides via inspections, certification, product registration

What has been done:

  • The new EPA bee Advisory box
  • Implemented policy that protects bees from agricultural pesticide spray and dust application while bees are under contract for pollination services.
  • Prohibited certain neonicotinoids
  • Bee impact studies
  • Bee exposure and effect testing
  • Expediting the review of new varroa control products
  • Data requirements
  • State managed “pollinator protection plans”
  • Pollinator training
  • Bee apiary mapping program (voluntary)

What to do:

  • Notify DPR (Department of Pesticide Regulation) at Clemson for pesticide use, bee kill investigation
  • Protect your bees—close, cover, move
  • Have an emergency plan
  • Communicate—Get on a notification list to be warned of sprayings:
  • https://www.clemson.edu/extension/beekeepers/news_feed.html
  • Contact your local County/Municipality Emergency Management Division for more info.
  • The direct link for applying for Clemson’s Hive Mapping/Bee Stewardship Program is:http://www.kellysolutions.com/clemson/beekeepers/


Business:  Amendments to the ACBA By Laws were addressed and concluded with.  The newly amended version will be sent out to members via email.  A vote for approval to Bylaw changes will be made at the November meeting.

Dave Miller volunteered as Club Representative to attend state meetings and relay information back to the ACBA.  This is a two-year position, can be renewed, and is not a Board position.

As approved by the Board, Patricia Brandes volunteered to be the new Board member with no initial duties.  This makes a 5-person Board.

The board will be compiling nominees for our 2019-20 ACBA president and presenting those names at our October meeting to be voted on at the November meeting.

Jim Bach has volunteered to be the new Website Manager and will update our webpage at www.andersonbeekeepers.org.


Door prizes consisting of fresh eggs, aloe plant, chow-chow, dozen KK donut and more were given at the end of the meeting.  Thank you to all who donated!


Next meeting is scheduled for October 8, 2018.  We will have Kerry Owen, President, SC State Beekeeper Association, SC Beekeeper of the year 2018, owner of Bee Well Honey in Pickens as our guest speaker.

There will also be a grand door prize to be given in October.  More information on that will be announced soon!

You will not want to miss this one!


Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

August 2018 Meeting Minutes

Subject: ACBA August minutes, request, and bylaw changes

Fellow beekeepers, here are 3 items for you to review:


Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Meeting Minutes

August 13, 2018                                                              Members in attendance: 28


Location:         Anderson Federal Credit Union

100 Hanna Crossing

Anderson, SC 29621


Business:        Meeting was called to order by Keith Ausburn, Vice President.  Opening prayer was given by Wilson Wheeler.

Amendments made by the board to the ACBA Bylaws were briefly discussed and read by Dave Miller, President.  These amendments will be emailed to all members.


Program:         There was a brief Q&A time about Sourwood.  Some members have had slight success with bringing some back from the mountains.  Daily rain prevented the bees from collecting much nectar.

The topic of checking the honeys moisture content was brought up.  The tool suggested to check it was a refractometer.  The moisture content should not exceed 18.6%.

Members were asked if they had started Varroa Mite treatment yet.  Some responded yes but most have not.

Dave Miller, President, recently attended the Australian Bee Conference in June.  He gave a slide presentation about stingless bees.  He brought a book titled “The Australian Native Bee Book” by Time Heard.

Subject matter about the stingless bees included:

They are a 1/4 the size of our honeybee.  The kept hives are also 1/4 of the size of our Langstroth hives.  Some species have patterns to their brood (i.e circular) The cells that their honey is stored in is referred to as “honey pots” or “honey sacs”.  Ants are a problem for them, which the bees help to keep out with propolis formed into long tubes at the entrance which they continue to build on. Australia currently has no varroa mites.  The stingless bee takes 50 days to hatch.

Door prizes were given out at the conclusion of the meeting.  Thanks to all who donated!

Next meeting scheduled for September 10, 2018


Respectfully submitted by Renae Ausburn, Secretary

April 2017 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Minutes 4/10/17

Thank you to Jim Bach for taking this month’s minutes at the meeting; we are still in need of a permanent Secretary.  Call Dave Miller 328-3243 to volunteer.

Wilson Wheeler offered a prayer to open meeting at 7:00 pm in the Starr Town Hall

Dave Miller welcomed everyone and said that the meeting’s format would be questions, answers and comments.


  • $142 dollars needed for web site renewal.  Expense was approved by membership.
  • Put members’ names who sell honey and supplies on website. Add Joe Kelly, Danny Mitchell, & James Ott.
  • State summer meeting will be in Florence.  James Ott commented that with all that Clemson does for bee keeping that the meeting should be in Clemson, especially since it was in Charleston last year
  • Listed who was mentoring whom.  Class members were emailed that list.
  • Danny Mitchel asked if club was interested in another extractor.  For about $100.00 in material he could convert an extractor he had to a radial one.  He could have it ready for this year.


  • Who has had a swarm? Many hands were raised.  In catching a swarm, avoid those that are located 20 feet up.  This is for safety reasons.  First swarm from a colony contains the older queen.  James Ott requeens these swarms unless the queen is very productive.  Be sure to feed your captured swarm.
  • Dave Miller has swarm traps for sale and is offering $50 to the first two people who can video a swarm being caught in his traps.
  • Lemon grass oil and pheromones are used inside the traps to attract the bees.
  • Don’t put the swarm trap near your bee yard; put it farther away from you to catch both your bees swarming and others.
  • James Ott said that the same hive can have multiple swarms.
  • Member with a Flow Hive says that it is looking promising that he may get some honey this summer.  Members would like to see the extraction.


  • Question on Grant money to be used for 4H kids.  This money could be used for a whole hive, bees, and bee outfit for the beginner beekeepers.  The grant was requested from the state a month ago, but there is no reason to wait.  Our club can fund approximately $500 to get the process going now.  The membership approved the motion and James Ott & Joe Kelly were put in charge of this task.  Jeremy Brick’s children are the recipients of this donation since they are in both 4-H and our bee club.
  • Is now the time to put on honey supers?  Yes, add the honey super if 80% of the frames have been drawn out and bees are on the other two. Frames with drawn comb and cut comb frames can be added to the new super to promote progress.  Start in the center and stagger these frames with undrawn frames.
  • How does one get the practical exam which is needed to be a certified bee keeper? Email Dave Miller or James Ott for information.
  • Is it necessary to have a certified honey house in order to sell your honey to the public.  No.  A person can apply to the State for an exemption.  This will require an approved label and allow the person to sell up to 400 gallons of honey, but only to the end user, not to stores.
  • When should one requeen?   Requeening may be necessary if there is an egg laying worker or signs that the hive is queenless.  A queenless hive is usually noisey and very agitated.


Gifts:  Several people brought in things to be raffled to members:  two perennial plants, a queen excluder, a Swarm Trooper, jelly, and fresh eggs.


The meeting adjourned at 8:30

March 2017 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Assoc.


  • President Dave Miller opened the meeting @ 7 pm.
  • Opening prayer by Wilson Wheeler
  • Linda Rakey gave the Treasurer’s Report – We have 72 paid members, a $ balance, receipts for dues payments are available, and 31  were in attendance
  • President Dave Miller-
    • WE STILL NEED A SECRETARY! Dodie Clark filled in tonight
    • Mentioned the joint NC/SC Beekeepers Meeting for Spring has past, but the Summer Meeting is in Charleston in July
    • Youth Education Grant monies are still available for each chapter to sponsor a student beekeeper
  • Danny Mitchell demonstrated how to install a package-
    • Set up your hive body in your apiary/yard
    • Pull out 5 frames from the hive body
    • Remove the queen cage from the package and set her in a safe place to the side (out of extreme weather)
    • Spray the package of bees with sugar water and then shake/bump the package to get them to the bottom of the container; then place the opened package in the hive body where the 5 frames were.
    • Remove the cork from the hole with the candy of the queen cage, place it horizontally on top of the package, and then close up hive body.
    • Check after a few days…the worker bees should have eaten the candy and released the queen from her cage. Remove the package container and queen cage. Put the 5 frames back in the hive body and close it up.
  • Dave Miller introduced his “Swarm Trooper”-
    • He and his son are marketing this lightweight swarm catcher made of corrugated plastic and that holds up to 5 frames. It has vents, entrance, feeder hole, and mounting straps. ONLY $40!
    • Bonus- If you are the first one to call him with a swarm captured in his invention, he will award you $50 if you allow him to take pictures of the captured swarm in the Swarm Trooper for marketing purposes.
  • Guest Speaker, Robin McGee, Herbalist of Earthwise Learning Center. Anderson, SC
    • She discussed her uses of honey and beeswax in her herbal medicines
      • Honey – (medicinal qualities alone)
        • Flower infused honeys (i.e. honeysuckle, passion flower, mimosa, rosemary, and elderberry for emotional and physical well-being)
        • Syrups/Elixirs (i.e. elderberry)
        • Topical applications (i.e. leg ulcers, acne, burns)
      • Beeswax- (great emulsifier and natural preservative)
        • Salves (i.e. chickweed, olive oil, and beeswax to make “relief balm” for burns)
        • Creams (i.e. violet leaves, olive oil, cocoa butter, beeswax, water to make dry skin reliever)
      • Propolis – She was asked about its use in herbal medicine. She affirmed its use in a tincture to fight bacterial infections
      • Plantain (Plantago major) – She mentioned that this common weed is one of the best remedies for honeybee stings. Chew it up and put it directly on the sting. Change every 10 minutes. It is supposed to reduce inflammation and relieves pain
      • You can peruse her classes at www.earthwiselearningcenter.com, or contact her for products (soaps, salves, creams, syrups, and tinctures) by e-mail: robinmcgee16@gmail.com . Her husband also raises organic livestock (pork, chicken & eggs, beef) available for order via www.carolinagrassfedbeef.com
  • Bee Question-
    • Linda’s only hive swarmed on March 8th and she wasn’t home to catch it. She asked about splitting her hives in February of next year to avoid early swarms. James Ott, said that is weather dependent (was it a fair winter again?), as well as on whether a queen is available for purchase in late winter.
  • Giveaway Winners-
    • Joe Duffy – butterfly house
    • Jim Bach – candle mold
    • Brad Tolbert- jar of hot pepper jelly


February 2017 Meeting Minutes

Anderson County Beekeepers Association

Minutes – 2/13/17

Thank you to Katrina Emirzian for taking minutes.  The Secretary position is still open, so people will have to take turns every month with notes and typing.

President Dave Miller opened the meeting at 7:00 pm. Wilson Wheeler offered a prayer. 35 people attended.  Linda Rakey brought refreshments for Valentine’s Day.

Business – $25 dues for the calendar year 2017 are overdue.  If you haven’t renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible.  From last year’s roster, 35 members have been archived at the state level.

We need a volunteer on March 25 to promote the ACBA and Beekeeping at the Anderson County Library’s How-to Fair.  The morning session will be from 10am-12:30pm and the afternoon session will be from 1pm-3:30pm.  Please let us know if you are available to fill one of these slots.  This is the same day as our “field day” with the beekeepers class.

The State Association has a youth education grant available in the amount of $514.16.  The application must be submitted by April 15th.  It was suggested that the club also donate a portion of funds to help more than one youth get started in beekeeping.  Possible places to look: 4h Bee Program and Future Farmers of America.

We need mentors for our bee class participants – someone who can answer questions and be a point of contact.  Those in attendance that have already offered to mentor are: Wilson Wheeler, Mike Parker, Dave Miller, Tim Watkins, James Ott, and Linda Rakey

Treasurer’s Report – current balance is $

Program – Bee Talk: Q & A.

Dave Miller brought several styles of hives he has built from online plans and talked about hive types.
There are 10 frame and 8 frame hives.  They have the same basic components. A deep super/brood box, medium super, frames with wax or plastic foundation.  The bees prefer wax foundation as it is more natural to them, but they will draw out comb on plastic foundation if given that.  Not a good idea to mix them though as the bees will choose to work the wax foundation first.  You can use a shallow super for the honey as it is less heavy in weight, approx 30-35# compared to a medium at 50-54#. A shallow can also be used for cut comb.

The 8 frame hive takes up less space and weighs less when full.

We talked a little about the top bar hive.  Dave has not had good luck with his.

Gus lost 2 hives. He checked his week hive late January and most of the bees were dead.  There were a lot on the screen bottom and others looked frozen in place all over the comb.  They had plenty of honey stored.  Two weeks later, the hive next to it was dead as well.

The dearth was bad last year.  Too small of clusters have trouble surviving through winter.

A member lost a hive in January.  There were approx 10 dead bees in the bottom of the hive.  It had been active, but some ants were noticed entering the hive a few weeks prior.  Appeared to have run out of honey, or was robbed.

Another member lost 2 hives last fall.  Their stronger hive robbed them out.

By a raise of hands, it was shown that the majority of the club members have lost hives during their time as beekeepers.  We need to support each other and learn from these losses.

Follow-up from Fall mite treatments.  Api Life Var vs Oxalic acid treatments.  Mark Avery lost less this season by not using oxalic acid.  He lost 9 in the previous year.  He also used VSH queens and only had 1 of 10 hives with a treatable mite count.  James has used both methods.  He likes the ease of use and cost of the Api Life Var.

What we need to be doing now:  Check your honey stores.   Feed them, but excessive feeding can lead to early swarms.  It has been warm and plants are blooming early.  If your bees are doing really well, super up and give them more room to reduce the chance of swarming.  It is difficult to change a hives mind once they’ve decided to swarm.

Door Prizes – Lillian brought two aloe plants, Billy donated a 3# package of bees, Dodie brought a bag of buckwheat, and Katrina brought a bottle of her Goats Milk Lotion

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Please keep quiet while other club members are talking.  Save your question or wait until after the meeting for private conversations.