As the days are getting warmer, we need to be thinking about managing our hives for swarming. Looking for the queen, brood, swarm cells, pollen, and nectar are part of initial spring inspections. Explosive growth may occur suddenly, so now is a good time to begin your inspection process.
Can you spot the queen in the photo below?
On Sunday afternoon, 3/1/20, this hive was full of bees, including 8 strong frames of brood, pollen (yellow, green, & orange), and lots of nectar. We swapped the lighter bottom box to the top and inserted 4 frames of drawn comb to give them some room (heavy rain is expected for the next few days). On Friday, they may be ready for a super of drawn comb.
Good luck with your inspections. Feel free to contact a club mentor if you have any questions on your hives.
Lionel Evans will speak at the October TVBA meeting. His topic is making hive combinations for winter survival and other winter prep activities. The meeting will be at 6:30 pm at Moulton City Hall.
Also, the Extension Service will be hosting a Webinar Series on Beekeeping. See the flyer below:
TVBA minutes June 8 2019
Click “Open Link in New Tab” When the page opens, click on the hyperlink to the minutes and it will open a PDF file.
The October meeting of the TVBA included a presentation from Bill Mullins on winterizing your bees. See the Newsletter page for the October Meeting Minutes which includes the details of his presentation.
The TVBA August meeting included discussions on the three common challenges for beekeepers: Small Hive Beetles, Varroa Mites, and Quality Queens. See the minutes for details.
Remember, the October 11th meeting will be Officer Election night. We are trying to get Dr. Tew to hold a video conference on Winterizing and Winter Feeding.
The December meeting will be our Christmas Dinner.
The February meeting discussion will be on making Splits.
The weather was great for the annual TVBA picnic. David & Peggy Lynch were the gracious hosts at their farm. About 26 folks attended and enjoyed visiting and of course, talking about their bees.