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If you need to know How, What, When to do it ???
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Not all our beehives will make it throw winter out of our club members 8% or 10% may lose their hives. So we have to look back in to the year to see why this may happen to them, was this a weak colony to start with, would re-queening have fix it? But now it’s too late. Or you may have combined it with a stronger hive. Remember two weak colony combined still makes a weak colony in the end, a lot of beekeepers make that mistake. Was there enough food to start with for winter? in that hive. Its not a good sit to see dead bee's heads down in the honey comb bums out, staved to death when you look into the hive at the end of July, how much food is needed in the hive to start with? Is the colony so weak that other bee have raided it, so making the hive entrance smaller may have fixed that problem, that beehive is now defendable that's all you had to do!!! Some people put there hives in the wrong spots in the garden between a high fence and the house can making it hard, this wind tunnel with all day shade, all you grow in this hive is moulds and mildew cleaning the blocked vents in the lid may have fixed that, a weak colony cannot deal with all that. Too much room in the hive for them look after, moving the hive mat down would have fixed that. Just going to look at the brood to see what I can see, on a cold day, can and will kill a lot in the brood, and upsetting the beehive, that then make the bees take it out on the queen, she how dead it’s called balling, the new queen is made from a bee larva but, no drones for the new queen to mate with, it will take two mouth for all the bees to die some time in June. With no queen their good as dead there just don't know it yet. Sorry to put it in this way, but winter is still coming, we will be closing our hives some time at the start of April …. It’s down to the weather different each year. So the Plan is to have a Plan. You know this March Club meeting is important and Ian brown will be covering closing for winter.(a must not miss meeting).
Still locking down the 2nd speakers will up dating soon. If all plans work out Flowhive skyping in from Queensland, so when question time come up you have to speak up as Queensland long way off. We have a full Flowhive to play with and pull a part and a 2nd speaker on Flowhive running the hole thing.
Well done Carol for getting this all together. I am so looking forward to the night.
Lindsay Wilson V.P.
Southside Beekeepers Club meets on the Fourth Wednesday of each month (No December Meeting)
Sign-in & Membership Registration from 7:00pm Meeting starts at 7:30pm sharp.
Leawarra House (Citizens Club, Yes the hall has a day job) 200 Beach Street, Frankston. Vic. (Melway 102 H3 So you don't get lost)
Yes !!! We Have Set New Dates for Both Our Courses.
(For old and new Bee keepers alike I am still learning after 50 years and more than wiling to learn more Lindsay)
Our courses will give you all the beginner's know how needed to start your new hobby or refine/refresh your knowledge and skills. this course is so upmarket even a long team Beekeeper will learn. Our class sizes are small and hands on so be prepared - You'll need your safety equipment - Bee suit & gloves, your smoker and hive tool, and not forgetting eagerness to learn and get face to face and hands on with our bees. Click the link above for more information, next scheduled course date and an online form for you to register your interest in attending the next course.
All courses are run on numbers paid for in full and booked in. 1st in best dressed. Be quick, spots fill fast...All past courses have been booked out.
Memberships, Event Payments & any Donations can be directly deposited into the club account. VISA/MasterCard & EFTPOS are accepted at Monthly Meetings. Details are located on the Contact & Membership page.
By Joining Our Club We Can Help You With All This.
Beeswax. Nectar Flow. Wax Moth. Propolis. Honey Harvesting. Pesticide Death. Pollination. Feeding a Hive. Pollination. What it Cost? Life Span. Local & State Government Regulations. Hive Placement. Opening Hives. Goodwill to Neighbours. Italian Bee's (Apis Millifera Ligustia). Bees Senses-Feeling-Seeing-Hearing-Smell & Taste. Fire Regulations. Black Russian Carniolan Bee (Apis Millifera Carnica). Wasps. Ants. Round & Tail/Wagg, Cleaning, Joy Dances. Guard Bee's. Swarms. Re-Queening. Benton Cages. Native Bee's. Bait Hives. Scout Bee's. Skips. Allergies. Sting Prevention. Laying Workers. Drawing Foundation. Feeders. Caucasian Bee (Apis Millifera Caucaica). Uncapping. Cleaning & Play Flights. Hive Inspections & What to look for? Burr Comb. Clustering. Bee Bread. Wintering Hives. Grafting. Switching Hive Bodies. Bees & Hive Space. Robber Bees. Disease & Pests. Creamed Honey. Drumming. Spring-Summer-Autumn Honeys. Moving Hive's. Bee Fanning. Extracting. Bee Candy. Capped Comb. Spring Management. Unripe Honey. Bee Blowers. Uncapping Knife. Buying Bee's. Nuclei Hive (NUC). Water Sources. Balling. House Bee's. Drifting. Honeys. Filter/Strainer. Fondant. Supersedure. Pheromones. Meade. Queen Rearing. Candles Making. Polish-Soaps-Creams. Feral Bee's. Field Bee's. Apiary. Beekeeping History. Joining Colonies. Honeycomb. Warming Cabinet. Bottling. Solar Wax Extractors. Hive Registration. Small Hive Beatle. Smokers. Perfume & Preparation Smells. Sugar Shake Program. Need for Permanent Water. Honeydew. Foraging Bee's. Honey Storage. Flowhive-Fixes. Crystallized Honey. Top Box Bee Hives. House Bee's.
And so very much more.
We have a lending library with hundreds of Books, DVD's, honey extractor's and wiring jigs for our members to borrow.