Days of a Beekeeper
Looks like the cold winter has really taken a toll on our bees, have lost quite a few colonies over this colder than normal winter, but are planning on rebuilding colonies with more splits and packages this spring. Have been putting on sugar cakes to help them get to food more easily... The cold weather seems to be affecting the ability to move to honey frames, and the are just starving in the clusters.
As normal this winter we have been busy rebuilding equipment and making new boxes and frames. Just need to put the foundation into the frames and they will be ready for the bees this spring.
Hope that March is a more normal month for the weather, really need some warmer days so the bees can fly, and the maples with produce the pollen that the girls need to get a got shot to start the brood rearing that they need to start.
Had a good turnout for our Beekeeping 101 Intro to beekeeping class. Was held at the Shawnee Civic Center, 15 people attended with LOTS of good questions and interest. Have provide all those that attended the event a copy of the Power point presentation as well as a copy of power point in a manual for reference.
Will be hosting the event again in March 2014 for anyone interested.
We just returned from the American Beekeeping Federation in Baton Rouge, La. Was able to present a talk to fellow beekeepers on how we raise our queens.
Have been feeding some of our colonies this past month... Looks like the very cold weather the 1st of Jan was too much for some of the smaller colonies to survive those temps.
We have been talking to some of the bee breeders in California about the status of package bee's this spring.... demand is currently very high for packages, and queens for spring 2014.
Have spent the last couple of days checking on some of the colonies that we have moved back to closer locations. It appears some are rather short on stores , and we have placed some sugar patties on them to hopefully get them thru this coming cold spell. I am sure they will need extra attention on warmer days to insure they do run short on feed.
We are planning our trip to the ABF convention, and hopefully some warmer weather in Louisana...
All the honey has been extracted, and is currently being stored in 55 gallon drums. Now the next project is melting the cappings into wax cakes to be sent to supplier for exchange of equipment. We should be able to get around 150 + pounds of beeswax after all has been melted.
Production was less than we had hoped for, but better then some of the other beekeepers in area, just thankful for what we have gotten.
Also preparing to create a powerpoint presentation for the 2014 Amercian Beekeeping Federation meeting in Baton Rouge this winter (Jan 2014).