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June 8- Saturday 9am - 1pm

Swarm Out Session:

Queen Rearing Demo with Rick Coor of Spring Bank Bee Farm

- Hosted by Tom & Kim Underhill of Big Oak Apiary of Raleigh, of John 15:5 Farm located at 2633 Branch Road in Raleigh, NC 27610

- Rick will be here in Raleigh, demonstrating techniques of Queen Rearing, grafting, processing, and all the steps in between required to raise your own quality queens.

- Rick is a pillar of the Bee Keeping Community and has invaluable knowledge to share. Rick believes and lives by paying it forward. He makes all efforts to help, mentor and assist bee keepers of all levels to further their bee keeping education, techniques, and experiences.

-Cost: $10.00 per person – with the proceeds to be donated to Dr. Tarpy’s Bee Research Lab.

- Register by emailing Tom & Kim Underhill:

- Cash only please

Johnston County Beekeeper's Association Meeting Announcement 

Date: May 20, 2013

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Johnston County Agricultural Center (2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577)

Speaker: Amie Newsome; Commercial Horticultural Extension Agent for Johnston County

Topic: "The Mother of All Bees"

Description: In honor of mothers every where, this months meeting will be all about the Queen Bee herself.

Special Notes: This event is free and open to the public.  We hope that you can make it.

Contact: Amie Newsome with Johnston County Cooperative Extension Service for more information at or 919-989-5380

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a Hands-on Queen Rearing Workshop for Beekeepers from 10:00 am-3:00 pm on Saturday June 1 in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro.

The workshop will be repeated on Monday June 3 so participants can choose the date that best suits them.

This is a hands-on workshop so class size is restricted to 25 participants for each session. Each step of the process will be demonstrated in the bee yard and participants will have an opportunity to practice grafting. Register early to reserve your space.

The workshops will be taught by North Carolina State University Apiculture Technician Jennifer Keller. There are many benefits to raising your own queens: you will always have one on hand when you need it, you can save money, and you can pick whatever characteristics are important to you and breed to that.

This workshop is for beekeepers who understand the basic principles of queen rearing and want an intensive hands-on experience.

Details are on Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at

The deadline for registration is May 29, but the workshop is likely to fill up so don’t wait until the last minute to register!


  • Capture swarms
    • Have extra equipment on hand
    • Empty hives
      • Be prepared to collect your own swarms


  • Bees swarm in May!  BE AWARE!!!!!
    • Way for honey bees to multiply
    • Does not mean you are a bad beekeeper
    • Bees swarm, it is in their nature
  • Implement a swarm control strategy
    • Important steps for trying to prevent a swarm
    • Must provide room for hive to expand
  • Swarms can happen throughout the spring and summer
  • Beware of swarm preparation signs
    • Queen grows smaller in size
    • Slows egg laying down significantly
  • Check for swarm cells
    • Continuously every week or so
    • Remove any swarm cells found


  • Honey super management
    • Honey supers should be added by May 1st
      • Put on as many as you want
        • Good practice to have two
          • Sometimes three or four are needed
      • Check supers before you add
      • Move less full frames from the outside of honey super to the center
        • Bees fill frames from the center out
        • This will allow for more frames of honey to be filled quicker
      • Add a super when 6 – 7 frames are filled
        • 1/2 – 2/3 frames filled with honey
    • Place the new super under the partially full one
      • Place on top of hive body full of brood
      • Place partially filled super on top of the new empty super
    • Don’t wait to add supers
      • May miss some nectar flow
    • Check hive body
      • If suspect a problem look at brood laying patter of queen during honey flow



On Monday, April 22, 2013 the Johnston County Beekeeper's Association lost one of its members.  Michael Stephenson was a Certified Beekeeper who was an active member of the club and was known for his beekeeping supply store. A memorial service will be held at Parrish Funeral Home in Selma on Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. with visitation to follow. Burial, with masonic rites, will be at Princeton Cemetery on Friday at 11:00 a.m. for close family and friends. The funeral will be at Parrish's Funeral Home (1351 South Pollock Street, Selma, NC 27576) {919-965-3031}.  The cemetery service will take place at Princeton Cemetery.

Click here for more information: Parrish Funeral Home