–Installation of bee package
–Winterization of Hive
–A Beekeeper’s Year
Don’t miss this extensive session covering the best techniques for installing package bees and nucleus frames into new and existing hives. You’ll uncover the ins and outs of nucleus hives versus package bees, and how to select your bees’ genetic stock based on an overview of the various honeybee races. In the second session, you’ll witness first-hand the installation of a package of bees at one of Hudson Gardens’ hives!
Hudson Gardens’ Lead Beekeeper Bob Shiflet leads this session, which will also include an in-depth discussion of queening a hive, including marking, placing, and encouraging acceptance. Basic beekeeping equipment and hive inspection techniques will also be discussed. Experience level: Beginner.
The first session will be held at The Inn at Hudson Gardens. The second session will be held at The Hudson Gardens’ Apiary. *Date will be determined based on the scheduled delivery of the package bees and will be finalized and posted as soon as possible.
Registration: $33/member; $37/nonmember. . Call the Education Department at (303) 797-8565 ext. 306 or visit shop.hudsongardens.org to register.
Hello Mile Hivers!
The April meeting for the Mile Hive Bee Cub will be help on Wed. April 9. We will meet in the To Bee Or Not To Bee classroom (725 W 39 Ave, Denver, CO 80216). Meetings begin at 7:00 PM.
The Agenda is as follows:
1. Final vote on a club logo. See below for options and, if you can, print the attached ballot and bring it to the meeting.
2. The main portion of the meeting will cover the installation of Nucleus Colonies (Nucs) and Packages. If you have new bees coming in the next couple of weeks you will want to make sure that you have everything ready, beforehand.
3. Hopefully, we will have some updates on the other projects that have been brought up at previous meetings.
For the meeting: Bring in frames of brood that did not make it through the winter so we can all observe and discuss. We will, also, be looking at how and when to start the Spring feeding. Thanks, Gregg.
We will be discussing how we can get a head start on giving our bees the best shot at a great Spring and Summer.
Tim Brod has agreed to fill us in on his recent trip to India, as well.
We are hoping to have some ideas for a logo brought in to this meeting. This is your chance to make a contribution that will be a part of the club going on into the future.
Kristina will be bringing us up on the Elm Bore issue and what we can do to help our Bees from being exposed to lethal pesticides.
If you are having trouble getting the membership form to print out or have not officially joined us, I will have forms with me.
The Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: from our members:
I have heard that many bees are bringing home pollen. Anyone know what it is from?
Make sure that you have worked out your 2014 dues with Mitch.
I am putting this reminder out to over 70 different email addresses! We can get a lot done with all these interested parties. What would you like to see us accomplish this year? See you at the meeting!
Make sure to give your hives a “lift” in order to see how they are doing for winter stores. My hive became very light over the last cold spell.
Beekeeper extraordinaire Michael Bush will be giving a seminar in Durange, Colorado. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the best!
Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Fort Lewis College – Noble Hall
8:30am – 5:30pm
$25.00 students with ID
Lunch: $7.00 Fort Lewis Cafeteria
Paula N. Nelson 970-903-1877
We meet from 6-8 p.m. at the Roxborough Community Center.http://gallery.mailchimp.com/faab5d795f2a24e9abc494c09/files/Directions_to_Rox._Comm._Cntr.pdf
This month we are having a honey bake off contest. We will award $100.00 to the best tasting honey recipe. Ribbons will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd place. Break out your most fabulous recipe that uses honey, bake up enough so the club can taste, and bring it to the meeting. You might go home with $100.00!…. or a ribbon.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!!
We are also having a products from the hive contest. If you have a product you make that uses pollen, propolis, royal jelly, beeswax, or bee venom, bring it – enough for the club to try , or see, (and you can sell some if you have enough), and we will decide who has the best product. The winner will receive $100.00. 2nd and 3rd place winners recieve recognition and ribbons (wah wahhhhh).
In between sampling baked items, and checking out and maybe buying some of the products from the hive, we will have a panel of beekeeping experts sitting at a table waiting to answer all your bee-related questions and dilemmas. Free advice! What more could you ask for – the best prize ever!!
It’ll be great fun. See you there!