Featuring Miles McGaughey, Boulder County Beekeepers Association president on making splits and nucs.
This Saturday, May 18, we’ll meet at the apiary at 8:00 a.m., inspect the hives, then sally over to Azadores (in the figure 8) for discussion and refreshment. The apiary is located 15841 Riverdale Road. Take Hwy 7 west out of Brighton; before climbing the first big hill (about 1/2 mile), turn left onto Riverdale Road; proceed about 1/4 mile. The single-story white house with black shutters will be to the right.
The hives are accessible by crossing a horse pen, so please bring appropriate footwear.
Featuring Don Studinski, owner of Honeybee Keep and an Advisor to the Colorado State Beekeepers Association.
Our Wednesday night club meeting on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. will feature the return of Miles McGaughey from Boulder. He will cover package bees installation, has some slides to share, and lots of answers to our questions.
This will be a fantastic talk, covering everything we need in anticipation of the arrival of the package bees on April 26.
PLEASE, if you are to receive bees and want ANY information or help with installing them, ATTEND. Let me know whom to anticipate attending. Dave Swanson anticipates a lot of new beekeepers, and a lot of experienced beekeepers to attend, since Miles has years of knowledge to share. We want to make sure we have room for everyone.
ATTENTION DAVE SWANSON!!! I’ve received many requests for a meeting time this Saturday at Sue’s, for hive inspection and splitting. What time should we meet? Because we’re disrupting the happy lives of the hive we wish to split, everyone attending should wear their bee suits and veils.
Spring has begun, let’s celebrate it together by giving bees a warm, knowledgeable welcome!
Brighton Bee Club President, Dave Swanson, has plans to get us all out and about this summer, with weekend club meetings in field, saving the enclosed classroom setting for winter months.
This month, Mr. Studinski will meet with us at our hives on Saturday, May 24. He states: “I would allow 1 hour to 90 minutes per hive. I generally expect a lot of questions in this role. I have blocked off the whole day for you all. Starting at 9AM or later is fine. How many hives is up to you. The timing suggests we check for queen health. I had not planned on checking for mites. I think of that as a July or August activity.”
We will meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts while receiving a preparatory discourse from Don, then dive into a couple hives, enjoy lunch before moving on to other hives, and wrap up by 5:00 p.m., that would afford maybe 3 stops for the day (more if the hives we look at are in perfect order). Please let me and Dave know who would like to have their hive(s) checked that day. One of the stops we wish to make is Berry Patch Farms, to cover a couple hives. But, we’ll need to know where else we wish to visit, so we can get an efficient route mapped for the day.