Thursday, April 22, 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 meeting

 WOW! Cherokee is having their first 2021 meeting Tuesday, April, 27th. Meeting will be at the Ag Central Farmers CoOp in Athens. Start time is 7:00pm . Come early if you like. Meeting room will be set for social distancing

Topics: 10 Mistakes Often Made by New Beekeepers.

             I've Installed my Package Bees " Now What?"

            Why Split a Perfectly Good Hive?

Information about May 15th Field Day will be covered.

COME EARLY AND BRING A FRIEND.


Saturday, February 6, 2021

More time to order package bees

 The Cherokee Beekeepers Association has extended the deadline for bee packages.  Checks must be received by March 1, 2021.  

Payment should be mailed to Cherokee Beekeepers Association, P.O. Box 71, Athens, TN 37371.

The packages will be Italian bees and will come from Willbanks Apiaries in Claxton, GA as they did last year. Cost will be $125.00 for a 3# package with a marked queen. We expect delivery on March 27th, weather permitting.  Pickups will be similar to last year with the location to be determined closer to delivery.  

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and your bees are too!

Suzi Drumright

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Considering becoming a beekeeper?

 If you are considering starting beekeeping and are looking for good advice the Cherokee Beekeepers Association (CBA) ask that you read "Beekeeping In Tennessee"*. This booklet is published by the University of Tennessee, Agricultural Extension Department. The information below came from that publication. CBA will work to post timely advice through the coming months.  CBA Leadership Team 

Beginning Beekeeping Basics 

• Start small. Two colonies is an ideal number for an inexperienced person to keep for one or two years. 

• Expand as your experience and confidence grow. 

• Start right. Avoid discouraging mistakes at the very beginning by thorough preparation. Read, read, read and ask questions of beekeepers and Extension staff. 

• Buy new equipment. The experience of assembling new hives is very informative for the inexperienced beginner. 

• Plan ahead. Order your bees, hives and tools in the fall. The hives and tools should be delivered in time to be assembled before your bees arrive the following April. 

• Be ready. When the packaged bees arrive, your hives should be assembled and located on the site selected for your apiary.

* Google Beekeeping In Tennessee

2021 PACKAGE BEES

 We are going to offer bee packages again this year.  This is one of the top benefits we offer to members.  The packages will be Italian bees and will come from Wilbanks Apiaries in Claxton, GA as they did last year. Cost will be $125.00 for a 3# package with a marked queen. We expect delivery on March 27th, weather permitting.  Pickups will be similar to last year with the location to be determined closer to delivery.  Payment is due by January 31, 2021 and should be mailed to Cherokee Beekeepers Association, PO Box 71, Athens, TN 37371. 

 

TBA HIVE TOOL

 TBA MEMBERS

The latest TBA Hive Tool email came out 1/18. Lots of great information. You might want to read it then forward to a beekeeping friend.