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February Meeting

I (Jim Hogg) will demonstrate how to prevent swarming of your beehive. This will include checkerboarding and/or opening up the broodnest. This demonstration is simple and should only last approximately 30 minutes. I posted a previous link related to this is in our discussion board. Search for: "Pre-swarm Management".  ( http://www.meetup.com/Austin-Urban-Beekeeping/messages/boards/thread/19827542

For the remainder of our time, Karl, Lance, Lily, and I will be able to discuss/answer other questions pertaining to other beekeeping issues during this meeting. Note: I will also bring some unassembled frames and frames in different stages of assembly so everyone can see what is involved with frame assembly. See you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought it was very informative

    February 12, 2013

  • Dillon W.

    Hey All,
    I drove up to north austin last night for the meeting but the directions I pulled from the beekeeping meet-up notification email landed me in the HEB parking lot (?). I drove around the general area (just incase) but never did find the Old Quarry Library. Can anyone enlighten me about landmarks or clearer directions. I would love to actually attend the next meeting, not just visit the neighborhood. : P
    Dillon

    February 12, 2013

    • Karl A.

      You were basically there. If you go east on Far West and take a left on Village Center, the post office is on the left hand side right before the HEB parking lot. It is between the post office and HEB. The library website has a good picture of it. http://library.austin...­

      February 12, 2013

  • Laura W.

    great turn out!

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Larry L.

    Informative as always and a great and growing turnout. We now have some true experts attending our meetings and they are willing to share their expertise.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Mixchel

    Off topic: I will have about 10 dozen eggs from my happy hens in my car if anyone wants to buy any after the meeting. $5 doz pastured free range

    February 11, 2013

  • Mixchel

    Im interested in any info about top bar hives. Mine are not assembled yet but came with solid bottoms. I read below that a screened bottom is better in this part of Texas. Also, my entrance holes are low and ventilation holes high. Should I switch them? Ive heard upper entrances are better. Opinions? Also, wondering where I put the feeder bottles of sugar syrup? And how many top bars to start with about 3500 bees? So much to learn, so many questions. Thanks, I look forward to tonights meeting

    February 11, 2013

  • Katerina

    Just too tired. I hope to make it next time.

    February 11, 2013

  • Lauren M.

    Hi there I'm new to this and plan on attending tonight but I have a top bar hive and have ordered my first set of bees. Would this class be of help to me even though I'm going to be using a top bar hive?

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Hi Jim, could you bring a piece of the plastic foundation with you ,also?

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't attend - I'm working nights now.

    February 10, 2013

  • Frances R. B.

    sorry, won't be able to attend after all.

    February 10, 2013

  • Dillon W.

    I'm a relative newbee to beekeeping. I'll be positioning my top bar hive somewhere in my half acre (south austin) back yard between now and bee package arrival day (on April 6th). Do any of y'all have top bar hives. Any pointers on dos and don'ts for hive location?

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are setting up a holistic community center in the hills of Oaxaca, Mexico and bees will be a crucial component...would love to learn as much a possible

    February 6, 2013

  • Laura W.

    Danny or I will do our best to attend! If there is anything we can bring to help make the meeting better please let us know. We have a variety of equipment on hand here in Austin. thanks, Laura

    February 5, 2013

  • Lance W.

    Hi Tim,

    There is a U. Florida study which seems to suggest a 14-15% reduction in the varroa mite pop. if they are used. In addition the screen boards allow me to put in an insert which I use to monitor my mite levels to determine if treatment is needed. Lastly there has been some evidence that brood levels are higher because of the added ventilation.

    In regards to plastic or wax foundation, I use plastic. The bees will build out a wax foundation faster than a plastic foundation. However there was recently a Penn State study which confirmed the presence of a significant amount of coumaphos and fluvalante (miticides) and 4 other pesticides, on average, in purchased wax foundation. These chemical can create nasty synergies with bad consequences for the bees. If you use plastic foundation you still have some of this contaminated wax sprayed on but the amount is much lower than wax foundation. That is why to get certified “Naturally Grown” they insist you use plastic foundation.

    January 30, 2013

  • Tim H.

    With the Central Texas climate, do you prefer screened or solid bottom boards?

    Plastic or wax foundation?

    1 · January 30, 2013

    • Lisa K.

      Screened. This is also important to prevent mites because they fall through the screen and out of the hive. If you have a solid bottom board, the mites will just crawl back into the hive when they fall off.

      January 30, 2013

  • Barbara B.

    I found a beehive at our ranch in Smithville. Collected honey. Can I start a beekeeping operation with this hive? The honey tastes pretty good. There are tiny specks of dark powder or something in it. What is that?

    January 28, 2013

    • Lance W.

      Hi Barbara,

      January 29, 2013

    • Lance W.

      Sorry, don't have enough info, can you send a pic? Specks could be granulation or perhaps carbon from a smoker, hard to know....As far as the hive, you should be able to use it if it has removable frames and was built by one of the bee supply companies. If it was handmade it may not be to normal specifications so future equipment may not fit.

      January 29, 2013

  • Malkah

    If one is allergic to bee stings, can one safely raise bees for honey, honey combs, pollination, etc.

    January 25, 2013

    • Thad B.

      Yes, I fall into that category. I get a monthly allergy shot from an allergist specifically for bee venum. I wasn't allergic to begin with, but then (after several stings when I first started out) I developed a severe reaction - such that any subsequent stings would be bad news for me. Now, stings are not an issue.

      January 25, 2013

    • Lisa K.

      It's not a matter of "if" you will get stung, it is when. Even working gentle hives, you will eventually get stung. I have had times when I was stung 5-8 times inspecting one hive. I personally, would not keep bees if I were allergic.

      January 25, 2013

  • Frances R. B.

    Yes, interested in attending.

    January 9, 2013

  • Lily

    The library's closed on our regular day (Feb 18) due to a holiday, so we are moving this month's meeting to the 11th.

    November 21, 2012

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