Friday, August 19, 2016

August meeting reminder

Another great speaker is scheduled for our August meeting. Charlie Parton, Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) past president will be talking about the importance of honey bee nutrition. Charlie received the TBA Beekeeper of The Year and has been keynote speaker at several short courses.. Come early so you can talk with Charlie before the meeting starts.....

Tuesday, August 23rd at the AgCentral Farmers Co-Op, Athens, TN. Start time 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Welsh Honey Show winners

At our last meeting, Karen Dewhurst of the Chattanooga Discovery Museum covered the up coming Honey Harvest and Welsh Honey Show. Four of our members entered the honey show. Three blue  ribbons, three red ribbons and 2 yellow ribbons were won. Congratulations Mike Coulter, Ken Dale  Linda Gentry and Jim Gentry.

Charlie Parton - August meeting guest speaker

Another great speaker is scheduled for our August meeting. Charlie Parton, Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) past president will be talking about the importance of honey bee nutrition. Charlie received the TBA Beekeeper of The Year and has been keynote speaker at several short courses.. Come early so you can talk with Charlie before the meeting starts.....

Tuesday, August 23rd at the AgCentral Farmers Co-Op, Athens, TN. Start time 7:00 p.m.

Friday, July 22, 2016

July workshop cancelled. Too feed or not to feed.......

The July Requeening Workshop hosted by Myron and Connie McCleary has been cancelled.  Myron is having knee surgery a few days prior to the workshop.

Try not to remove too much honey. It has more nutrictional value than sugar syrup or sugar candy. If you need to feed, here are a few suggestions.  Feed in the late evening. Feed strong nearby hives as well. (This helps to reduce robbing).  Internal or top feeding also helps reduce robbing. If you have to feed with a boardman feeder you might reduce the hive entrance. This too helps prevent robbing. As you can see robbing can be a major problem when feeding this time of year. Most authorities recommend feeding a 2:1 sugar syrup or sugar candy. Try not feeding diluted honey. The high moisture content will cause the honey to ferment quickly in hot weather.. Hope these few suggestions help.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What do honeybees see?

Did you know that a honeybee has 5 eyes? Wow! Wonder what they see? Wonder no more. Howard Kerr will tell us at our July meeting. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 26th at 7 p.m. at the Athens AgCentral Farmers Co-Op.  Our speaker has been keeping bees for over 40 years. Howard is a retired nuclear engineer and has done extensive honeybee research. Come early to get a good seat. If you want to bring a light refreshment, that would be nice.