Beekeeper, Beekeeping Ahead !!!
Do you need to know How, What or When to do it ???
Join a Bee Club, you will find that it's also fun.
Next meeting is this coming Wednesday evening 26th April.
Our 1st speaker is Ian Brown and as always he will be looking at what's happening in our hives now and in the months to come. Knowing Ian there will be some beekeeping gems mixed into his talk as well.
The beekeeping world is very different, the weather, resources for hives, even the bees and how they deal with their problems does vary. Our 2nd speaker is Jean-Pierre who will talk about Brazilian beekeepers and how they have adapted to deal with Africanised honey bee. (So-called killer bee).
We will also have a hands on Q & A" so don’t go sneaking off.
A good night is planned for one and all.
Southside Beekeepers Club meets on the
Fourth Wednesday of each month.
Hall Setup From 6:30pm - Helps Always Welcome
Membership Registration From 7:00pm - Meeting Starts 7:30pm Sharp.
Leawarra House (Frankston Elderly Citizens Club, Yes the hall has a day job) 200 Beach Street, Frankston. Vic.
(Melway 102 H3 so you don't get lost) Phone 0413-104-191.
Winter's a Season to Slow Down
From April and through to May, June and July, things just slow down in our hives; the queen is not laying so many eggs. We have our hives going from 60,000 bees, with some 15,000 developing in their cells down to just 8 - 10 thousand bees. With some of us that live in the more colder areas of Australia, our queen may stop laying eggs all together, just for a week or so. You'll have closed down your hives, moving the hive mat down. Unlike people in the northern hemisphere, our weather is much kinder to us and to our bees over winter. They still go to work each day; it all comes down to what flowering plants are in your area and of course the temperature. There are some good things in life which you don’t have to pay for, that can give us peace of mind, one is lying in bed, nice and warm and listening to the rain on the tin roof singing me to sleep or looking at a log fire, warming in its glow and so it is with bees, sitting in the garden just looking at them, hard at work and giving me some peace of mind. Beekeeping is enjoyable for me, even in the off season, but it does mean some jobs still have to be done ! What is needed in the months to come ? Boxes, frames, roofs and floors to be made up; don't put them off till spring as you will need them; the good thing is that the weather will slowly cure them for you, no bad smells to turn off your bees in spring. Your friends and family will know you have taken up beekeeping as an interest and you will get calls from them and it could go something like this - Amy calls and her son’s best mate John’s next door friend has a swarm of bees, we need your help; their problem is somehow yours and you don’t even know that friend. You need to have a bait hive anyway as a fall back for yourself. (Our next clubs Nuc course runs on 5th July we only run 8 spots, book in now !!) This is a good time to make all the hive parts you will need for the upcoming Season.
An over view - Lindsay Wilson V.P.
Closing down our course for winter only because we believe that working our beehives is an important part of our course.
Next course is in August 2017 and the Nuc course is in July. If you would like to come along, please book and pay online.
Old and New Beekeepers Alike, Love Our New and Improved
Our courses will give you all (not just beginner's) the know how you needed to start your new hobby or refine/refresh your knowledge and skills. Our class sizes are small and hands on so be prepared - You'll need your safety equipment - Bee suit & gloves, your smoker, hive tool and not forgetting eagerness to learn. Click the links above for more information, next scheduled course's date and an online registration form for you to book.
All courses are run on numbers paid for in full and completed registration forms. 1st in best dressed. Be quick, spots fill fast...All past courses have been booked out weeks prior to the course !!
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. 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. Top Box Bee Hives. Blue Bee Base's. Apiary. Crystallized Honey.
And so much more.
We have a lending library with hundreds of Books, DVD's, honey extractor's and wiring jigs for our members to borrow.