Announcements regarding date, time or location changes. There may also be teasers for the upcoming speakers.
Hi, this is Eric.
Tonight I shared a swarm trap at the “show and tell” of our meeting and I had a few members ask where to find it. Click here to see where I got mine. I’m sure they’re available elsewhere but this is where I got mine and they seem to be of good quality. I will surely be ordering more from this seller for next year. Mine took about a month to arrive because I’m sure it came from China but there are surely people in the States who have them but I doubt they’ll have the same price. I will report back as to how I like them but so far the weight and size alone really sell me on them.
This is a reminder that the May meeting for Bluegrass Beekeepers Association will be held at the Scott County Extension Office. If you don’t know where that is, you can easily find directions on Google Maps.
Apparently I either heard wrong or something…
This is a reminder that the May meeting for Bluegrass Beekeepers will be held in the Scott County Extension Office.
Crowd Source Beekeeping© (Bluegrass Beekeepers)
Local is good. Crowd Source Beekeeping© is a poll of those attending the September meeting of the Bluegrass Beekeepers on what we all are doing with our bees at that time. There is wisdom and guidance in our pooled answers to questions; but, the poll is not intended to tell you how to best keep bees. You must determine that based on your particular goals, energy, and near environment.
The big news from the September poll:
Beekeepers talk to their bees!
Many of us are discouraged as beekeepers.
Most of us are paying attention to what is blooming here in the Fall.
More of us than in July are taking steps to get ready for Winter by treating for varroa.
Fewer of us than in July are inspecting all the way down.
Many are installing Swiffer pads for SHB.
Many are using frames 5 years and older (toxin buildup in the wax is the concern).
Many want all of their supers off by mid-September.
Few are tipping hives for weight or installing mouse guards.
All questions were prefaced with the phrase, ‘Raise your hand if you…” A dash below (-) means that question was not asked at one meeting or the other; so, comparison is not possible.
Split a hive this past week. – (1)
Were stung this past week – no matter how lightly – (9)
Know your bees swarmed within the past week. – (0)
Took off at least one super this past week. – (6)
Extracted honey in the past 10 days – (8)
Saw hive beetles in any hive – (25)
Saw robbing among your bees this past week 5 (4)
Inspected the lowest deep of at least one hive this week. 15 (24)
Are reasonably sure that all our hives are queen-right. 23 (36)
Fed bees this past week. 28 (24)
Treated for varroa this past week 10 (2)
Talk to your bees 32 (-)
Noted bees arriving with orange pollen 22 (-)
Have supers on hives 24 (-)
Tipped all of your hives 6 (-)
Combined hives within the past few weeks 3 (-)
Remove all supers by mid-Sept 11 (-)
Installed Swiffer pads in every hive 15 (-)
Noted Golden Rod and Iron Weed are blooming 31 (-)
Mouse Guards installed 3 (-)
Feel discouraged as a beekeeper 10 (-)
Some hives have an odd odor 1 (-)
Some frames are more than 5 years old. 12 (-)
You have permission to publish Crowd Source Beekeeping with credit to Gregory Brock.
Crowd Source Beekeeping© (Bluegrass Beekeepers)
Local is good. That’s why Crowd Source Beekeeping©, where we poll what we all are doing with our bees is so helpful. There is wisdom and guidance in our pooled answers to timely questions.
This past month (second week of July), we responded to 11 questions, here are the results. Not all 57 of those attending responded. All questions were prefaced with the phrase, ‘Raise your hand if you…”
- Inspected the lowest deep of at least one hive this week. 24
- Split a hive this past week. 1
- Fed bees this past week. 24
- Treated for varroa this past week 2
- Were stung this past week – no matter how lightly 9
- Saw robbing among your bees this past week 4
- Know your bees swarmed within the past week. 0
- Are reasonably sure that all our hives are queen-right. 36
- Took off at least one super this past week. 6
- Extracted honey in the past 10 days 8
- Saw hive beetles in any hive 25
Most of us are:
- Sure all our hives are queen-right.
- Inspect at least some of our hives weekly, all the way down.
- Feeding some hives now.
- Infected with hive beetles.
- Unaware when and if our hives swarm
Some of us are:
- Seeing robbing.
- Taking off supers and extracting.
- Getting stung (Beekeepers get stung)
A few of us are:
- Treating for varroa now.
- Splitting hives.
Crowd Source Beekeeping is not meant to market any particular way to manage bees. Look at the number of responses to each question and decide whether you are in-step with what others are doing or whether you, for whatever reason, think or are doing differently. The key is to think and act mindfully about what we are doing.
Mary Sheldon is doing a study involving whether there is an increase in pesticides in honey from urban beekeepers from companies spraying for “Zika mosquitoes”. She needs some samples from beekeepers. Below is the link for the application to get your honey tested. She needs about a pound of honey to test from everyone. There are only 20 spots available for the tests but the tests are free.
Starting in March the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association will be having an early session for new beekeepers on the same nights as our regular meetings but starting at 6:30pm instead of 7:00pm. Experienced beekeepers will be on hand to answer questions.
If you are a newbee, show up and ask questions.
If you are an experienced beekeeper, you can help answer questions.
Remember that the Bluegrass Beekeepers Association meeting has been postponed till February 20th at the usual time.
Have a Beeautiful Christmas! Happy Holidays to all!!!
Here are most of the links that Tammy Horn spoke of at our September meeting.
Here’s the pollinator plan for KY. Note, you will likely have to copy/paste this link because it’s a PDF and many browsers can’t handle them well.
The public forum on this will be Nov.05th, which is the Fall KY State Beekeepers Association Meeting at Jenny Wiley State Park.
The Honey Bee Health Coalition:
Here’s a link to Scientific Beekeeping on which you can find instructions on how to collect samples for varroa, etc. research: