Here is a link to a video clip or Ronnie Henk receiving the LL Langstroth Award at a Virginia State Beekeepers Association meeting.

 

 

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February Meetings
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February 6th

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Queen Rearing Class

 

February 8th

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Getting Started in Beekeeping

 

February 16th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Monthly Club Meeting

 

 

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March Meetings
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March 15th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Monthly Club Meeting

 

March 17th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Beekeeping
Day 1

 

March 24th

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Beekeeping
Day 2

 

March 31st

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Beginning Beekeeping
Day 3

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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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Now is the time to be watching the 10 day weather forecasts! Plan on making up some fresh, warm, syrup to feed to your survivors this next week. I'm mixing 25# of sugar into 2 gallons of just boiled water. That's a bit thinner than 2:1 but a bit thicker than 1:1, makes about 4 gallons of syrup. Fed all my 13 colonies this past Tuesday and will be feeding them again this Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. They ate much of their stores in December so you'll have to help them get through January and February and maybe March and into April.....

 

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Here is a link to a Webinar hosted by the Ohio State University - What Newbees Need To Know, Presented by Alex Zomchek. Some great information for the 1st and 2nd year beek!

 

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Has it ever been warm! Bees are flying most every day and unfortunately eating up all their winter stores... You need to feed in winter but winter feeding is different. Best to feed liquid on the warm days and then have sugar feed on for the colder days. You can put sugar feed on and then feed liquid when the weatherman calls for a warm spell. Take the liquid off once the temperature drops again as the bees might not take it and a leaking container would be the end of the colony.

Did you know an inner cover has two sides? A shallow summer side that mainatins bee space and a deeper winter side that allows for fondant or sugar candy to be placed on the top bars available to the cluster. Here are some links to follow for making winter feed for your colonies. This first method requires cooking and I have used it with great success. To use it, follow this link. Something I've read is that the vinegar is essential to add in the heating process as it aids in breaking down the cane sugar into the sugars that are in honey, fructose and glucose as well as raising the acidity level closer to natural honey.

A second method requires no cooking. I have not used this recipe as yet but plan to this winter. To use it, follow this link. There is also information on this site for using the "Mountain Camp" method of feeding dry sugar. I prefer to make my feed in advance and then apply it to the hive but that's beekeeping, each of us has our own preference.

 

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