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June Meetings
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June 11th

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Local Yard Day

 

June 17th & 18th

VSBA Summer Meeting
Smithfield, VA

 

June 21st

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Monthly Club Meeting

 

 

 

Follow the "Upcoming Events" or "Latest News" link under the Main Menu for more information.

 

 

 

NewBees Corner

 

Information listed here is for the new beekeepers looking for new information and guidance on beekeeping and beekeeping chores:

 

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The summer dirth has started and foraging bees are all looking for stores to bring back to their home hive. Don't let your hive become a source of stores for a neighboring colony! Use a robbing screen if you have a small colony or are feeding to grow your colony. Products like Honey B Healthy or added essential oils can drive foraging bees wild. They want that stuff! Know that a honey bee colony's worst enemy is a stronger honey bee colony, fact.

For information on Robbing Screens check out these links:
1. Robbing Screen article on the CBA website
2. Images for different varieties of robbing screens
A few video links on making robbing screens. (Something to remember is if you use an entrance reducer the width doesn't need to exactly match the bottom board, example: an 8 frame robbing screen will work on a ten frame hive with an entrance reducer!).
1. Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers(NWNJBA)
2. Country Rubes Beekeeping Supplies
3. Another Country Rubes Video
A Google search brings up plenty more videos!
Robbing Screen Videos

 

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Well the nectar flow is nearing an end and although there are still things flowering the big nectar producers are pretty much done. You may be ready to start looking at your supers and making plans to start your harvest. George Imirie gives some good information on how to manipulate frames and supers to maximize the harvest. Read his June 20001 Pink Pages. Some other good information on when to harvest can be found on the Beekeeping for Dummies website. Read that information here.

And how do you get that honey off the hive and how do you get it out of the comb? Michael Bush has some good information for the beginner. Read that here. But if you want to save your comb and try an to extract liquid honey don't go out and buy an extractor just yet. The club has an extractor and extracting equipment to lend. Find out what we have and how to use it here.

 

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So you have gotten your bees (package, nuc or swarm) and now you have to feed and grow them into your equipment. This first year for the bees can be difficult but a beekeeper can help them build up and get prepared for the winter ahead! There is a nectar flow on but the colony is small with a limited number of foragers so feeding is a great way to help the colony along. So what kind of sugar and what ratios? What kind of feeder? Here's are two links to Michael Bush's webpage that provide some information: Kinds of Sugar and Ratios and Kinds of Feeders.

You're feeding your bees but there are also some frame manipulations that you can perform that will encourage your bees to grow into 3 boxes for winter. Note that all bee proceed at there own pace but here is a link to a presentation Andy Westrich produced that gives you a schedule to follow: Growing Nucs.

 

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