What’s up in the hives this month?
The queen remains in the cluster and as the days become milder she begins to lay more eggs. The protein stores or (pollen patty) is used to feed young larva. These bees will hatch out of the cell in 21 days. When young bees are being raised and days are warm the bees will consume more food. At this time, the cluster will begin to grow in size. A varroa mite and foulbrood inspection should be done and a proper evaluation of “queen activity”. By mid February, you should see bees carrying natural pollen into the hive. When this occurs, the queen will also begin to lay drone eggs (unfertile eggs). These drones will hatch in 24 days.
- Check food stores (pollen and honey)
- Treat for varroa mites or foulbrood if needed
- Begin a “bloom calendar” to document pollen and nectar
- Attend bee meeting
- Assemble equipment
- Order queens
- Pay state and local dues – Dues Past Due! $10 state (SCBA) and $20 local (YCBA)
Please do not pay SCBA dues directly to the association but instead pay to YCBA so we have a record of your payment
Replace old or tired bee equipment – order from our own co-op, it’s economical and William will be happy to help you. It will help to get you through the dark, cold winter. Reach out to Roger Dye until further notice at: email@example.com Normally William Copeland at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 20th – April 2nd. Please help spread the word and post the attached flyer wherever you can. The cost is $90 and includes all materials. YCBA2020Flyer
Packages will Arrive April 11th and are $95 each. Queens are $25 and Marked Queens are $30. Get your orders in soon as packages are limited. YCBA Package Bees 2
2nd Thursdays of each month at 6:30 pm. Bullock Creek Church, 1188 Edgefield Rd, York, SC 29745
Mark Sweatman, a Master Beekeeper, was our February speaker. Mark recommended 3 books and provided 3 pdf’s.
- Swarm Essential (Ecology.Management.Sustainability) by Stephen J Repasky
- Swarming (it’s control and prevention) by L E Snelgrove
- The Hive and the Honey Bee by Dadant & Sons Publishing
- An Apiary Guide to Swarm Control by Wally Shaw
- Pre-Emptive Swarm Control by Wally Shaw
- The Many Uses of a Snelgrove Board by Wally Shaw
Words of Wisdom from our speaker last month, James Alverson:
Things to think about. What are your bee goals?
- Keep bees alive, maximize hive, make nuts, raise some queens? Your goals will determine your management.
- Beekeeping is personal and local, keep a bloom calendar
- Feeding 1:1 sugar syrup, fondant
- Feb-March above 60 degrees look to see if bees have honey, don’t build up bees too quickly
- Check out honey bee health coalition https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/
- Check for mites; keep mite count down less than 1 per 100
- Treat 3 times in spring before putting on honey supers
Here’s the link to check out an oxalic fogger https://beekeepclub.com/treating-mites-with-an-oxalic-acid-fogger/
We Have Our Own Email:
President: Steve McNeely