March 2013

Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers March meeting

The Northwest Arkansas Beekers club met on March 11th 2013 at the U/A Agrilcultural Extension office.

President: Tom Nichols

Vice President: Mark Eaton

Treasurer: Nancy Kahanak

Secretary: Victor mathis

All Officers were present

DID YOU KNOW??? During the height of the active summer period a forager bee works so hard that her total life expectancy is more that 5 or 6 weeks. A forager effectively works herself to death.

The club announced 11 May for the Spring Field Day. It will be held at the home of Steve Aust.

The guest speaker Mr. Velbert Williams was unavailable so the meeting was changed to a hands on group discussion of the problems and solutions which were currently being experienced.

FEEDING ISSUES: March is identified as being the most critical month for feeding bees. More hives are lost during this critical period when feeding is not provided until the nectar flow starts.

Both the Bag Method and the Trough-feeder systems were explained in detail as well as the boardman feeder system. Mild winters force the bees to eat more and that highlights the need for the bee- keeper to be prepared to feed during this timeframe. When feeding the rationof water to sugar is 2 SUGAR to 1 WATER.

FRAME BUILDING: A form-board for the fitting frames together along with a wire dispenser system was demonstrated with top and bottom boards and sides being placed into the form board for assembly. Tom Nichols demonstrated how foundiations are installed once the frame is built. Attention must be given to the top wires in the foundations assembly depending on which of bottom board is used. Tom demonstrated the various ways to string the wire through the gromet holes along with the anchor nails.

Tom demonstrated the TRANSFORMER system of melting the lateral wires into the foundiation when installing into a frame. The star embedder was also discussed.

SPLITTING HIVES: Jim Picket demonstrated a workable solution for splitting a hive. His method has the advantage of NOT having to locate and position the queen. Both methods were identified: i.e. the method where you find the queen and the one where you do not.

One key note is IF QUEEN CELLS ARE FOUND...transfer the frames with the queen cells into another hive body and within a small time when that queen hatches out you have a ready-made split.

Bee members in all of the various areas of NorthWest Arkansas divided up and exchanged numbers for assistance in the upcoming year.

BEE FACTS: It is impossible to accurately measure how much honey, was, or brood food is created by a single bee. Latest estimates suggest that an average honeybee colony rears 150,000 bees in one year, and that requires 45lbs of pollen and 130 lbs of honey each year. Thus an average colony flies about 12.4 million miles in a year's food-collecting.

The April meeting is scheduled for the second Monday in the month......Keep Buzzing!!!!