Five Rivers Bee Club Monthly Meeting
16 January 2020
“The mission of Five Rivers Bee Club is to provide our membership and local community with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.” ? Five Rivers Bee Club By-Laws
Meeting commenced at 6:30 PM CST at Pizza Hut in Ash Flat, Arkansas by Vernon Lamb.
Lonnie Perry gave opening prayer.
Jacque English gave treasurer report: $520.34 in FNBC checking.
Vernon motioned to accept minutes of December as read, Bronna seconded. All approved.
We had 26 folks in attendance.
Vernon made announcement:
Saturday, Feb 8, 2020, 8 AM - 12 PM - Northeast Arkansas Annual Beekeeping Meeting at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro (south of library in agricultural building). He goes every year and they always have good speakers. If you never been, worth the trip to meet other beekeepers from the area.
Reminder that Dues are due. $10.00 per person beginning January. We accept cash, checks and have Paypal.
Our guest speaker was Myron Kroph. To order bees from him, his phone number is 870.458.3002.
He sells NUCS: 5 Frame - this year he may not have any available, if he does, they will be $130 first part of April and $100 last part of April. Packages: 3 pound of bees with queen will be $90. All orders are to be in by the end of February.
He thanks you.
Jacque spoke with Troy Spalding from Hillbilly Bees and they are sold out already of their bees this year. He is hoping to make the February meeting as our guest speaker. It all depends on his schedule with his bees and the weather. He travels back and forth to Louisiana with his bees.
This year each will order their own bees and pay the suppliers themselves. When you order, just tell him you are with the club and Jacque has offered to pick the orders up and make arrangements for deliveries like last year.
Lonnie did a slide show of how he feeds his bees during the winter. Steps are: Remove lid, place a sheet of newspaper on top of hive leaving about 4 - 5 fingers width opening so they can come up. Spray the newspaper with water lightly. Sprinkle a coffee can full of sugar onto the dampened newspaper, spray the top of the sugar with water to form a crystallized barrier. Close up hive and you're done.
Sugar on top
Bees eating it
Surprise - BROOD
Oops - crazy comb - forgot to add the extra frames.
Next month Lonnie will have some videos to show.
If you have pictures or videos of your hives you wish to share. Please bring on a Thumb drive.
We'll start having the projector there at the meetings to show small clips folks find.
Carol Herron recommended we purchase a microphone for speakers to use. At times, the surroundings can be noisier with chatter and we miss the information.
Our next guest speaker was Erin Scott who brought her woodworking items to show and tell about. She does "custom order" woodworking for her 30 frame long Langstroth beehives. She also makes NUC boxes and 8 or 10 frame boxes, along with frames. Contact her at Erin Scott firstname.lastname@example.org or 870.751.1466 to place your orders.
ALL HIVE BOXES CAN BE MODIFIED FOR THE DIFFERENT FEATURES WANTED -- PER REQUEST
PRICES ARE AS FOLLOWS AND ARE CASH ONLY
30 FRAME LANGSTROTH LONG HIVE W/ FRAMES $350 --- W/O FRAMES $250 ($100 DEPOSIT REQUIRED FOR MATERIAL PURCHASE) (TAKES ~ 1 WEEK TO BUILD)
FRAMES /w fishing line 10 OR LESS $5 EACH --- 20 OR LESS $4.50 EACH --- 20 OR MORE $4.00 EACH
5 FRAME NUC'S W/ FRAMES $45 -- W/O FRAMES $30
2 FRAME NUC'S W/ FRAMES $26 -- W/O FRAMES $20
Meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm
Next meeting: February 20, 2020 at Pizza Hut in Ash Flat across from Wal-Mart.
Time: Begins at 6:30 PM CST
Minutes submitted by Jacque English
After meeting Vernon, Lonnie, Carmen and Jacque were discussing what a great start for 2020 with new folks coming. That Pizza Hut may not be able to accommodate our growing numbers.
Jacque made phone calls for a larger facility for our meetings.
Hardy Civic Center on Main Street across from Bill's Cash Saver - the front part of the building would be a meeting place.
Ozarka College in Ash Flat behind Wal-Mart would be another location.
While writing up these minutes, Arrie phoned Vernon and relayed he was in the hospital in Little Rock VA Center with Influenza B, Pneumonia, and COPD. Not sure how long he will be in there. Your thoughts and prayers are welcome.
UPDATE: He is home and resting.
The Bees. The queen is surrounded by thousand of her workers. She is in the midst of their winter cluster. There is little activity except on a warm day (about 45-50 degrees) when the workers will take the opportunity to make cleansing flights. There are no drones in the hive, but some worker brood will begin to appear in the hive. The bees will consume about 25 pounds of stored honey this month.
The Beekeeper. Little work is required from you at the hives. If there is
heavy snow, make certain the entrance to the hive is cleared to allow for
proper ventilation. If a January thaw presents itself (in January or February)
you provide supplemental, emergency food for the bees such as fondant (on the
top bars) or granulated sugar (on the inner cover). This is a great time to
catch up on your reading about bees, attend bee club meetings, and build and
repair equipment for next season. Order package bees (if needed) from a
Time Spent. Estimate less than an hour.
The Bees. The queen, still cozy in the cluster, will begin to lay a few more eggs each day. It is still “females only” in the hive. Workers will take cleansing flights on mild days. The bees will consume about 25 pounds of honey this month.
The Beekeeper. There is not too much to do this month. Attend those bee club
meetings. Read. Attend bee club meetings, and get your equipment ready for
Time Spent. Estimate less than one hour.
The Bees. This is the month when colonies can die of starvation. However, if you fed them plenty of sugar syrup in the autumn this should not happen. With the days growing longer, the queen steadily increases her rate of egg laying. More brood means more food consumed. The drones begin to appear. The bees will continue to consume honey stores.
The Beekeeper. Early in the month, on a nice mild day, and when there is no
wind and bees are flying, you can have a quick peek inside your hive. It’s best
not to remove the frames. Just have a look-see under the cover. If you do not
see any sealed honey in the top frames, you may need to provide some emergency
food (fondant or granulated sugar if cold temps prevail, syrup if the weather
is mild). But remember, once you start, you should not stop until they are
bringing in their own food supplies. If you are going to do a spring Varroa mite treatment, now (or soon) is the time to start
Time Spent. Estimate 2 hours this month.