May 2014

May 2014 Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers Club

May Meeting 2014

Fayetteville Arkansas

12 May 2014

Club President: Tom Nichols

Vice President: Mark Eaton

Treasurer: Nancy Kahanak

Secretary: Victor Mathis/(New Brad Keck)

Bee Facts: The average honey bee hive collects 66 lbs of pollen per year. Pollen is the male germ cells produced by all flowering plants for fertilization and plan embryo formation. The honey bee uses pollen as food.

The many members of the Northwest Arkansas Beekeepers club range in expertise from novice to expert. One of the purposes of the club is to share expertise and lessons learned. Tonight's meeting is a open floor Q&A with five selected senior beekeepers. The lessons learned and the open floor question and answer period will hopefully answer many of the gnawing questions that beekeepers have, especially during the early years of raising.

At the start of the meeting we had 57 people in attendance.

Thanks to Linda Milner for the food and Barry Jackson for the drinks.

Q. Cleaning and old or used hive?

A. Foul brood is rare but it is a risk but otherwise no cleaning is needed but that remains to the taste of the bee keeper. Black comb can be moved to the outside in the spring. Removing old comb can be helpfull in disease prevention.

Q. Uses for Propolis?

A. The internet has a number of uses. Some people will make a tincture with alcohol.

Q. Uses for super entrance added?

A. They can be used in the peak season but can encourage robbing at the end of the nectar flow.

Q. Is it too late to start with a new package of bees.

A. Now is the time to install bees.

Q. Is it too late to split a hive?

A. No. However, the longer you wait the closer you will be to robbing time making the vulnerable.

Q. Any good books to read?

A. Beekeeping for Dummies.

Q. Do I use powdered sugar for Varoa Mites?

A. Monitor the Varoa count and use treatments in the fall if needed. Never put chemicals in the hive less than 45 days prior to honey production.

Q. How frequently should I re-queen?

A. That is up to beekeeper, but the queens most productive year is the second year. Many people re-queen every year.

Q. Ants in the inner cover?

A. Try peppermint leaves in the inner cover. If the problem persists, try sugar and boric acid mix covered with plastic to keep the bees out.

Bee Trivia: Honey Bees are not native to Native America. All Honey Bees were brought here from Europe or Asia. Bee Venom, the "ouch part of honey bee" is used in people not highly allergic to it. Health problems like Arthritis, Neuralgia, High blood pressure and high cholesterol can all be treated. Go Figure!

Our next meeting will be our annual field trip. This year the Bakker family in Springdale have been kind enough to host., 5662 Elm Springs Rd. June, 7th, 2014, time TBA.

Keep Buzzin!