The Johnston County Beekeeper’s Association met on Monday, April 15, 2013. Dick Rogers, entomologist and manager of the Bayer Bee Care Center presented a program on How to Assess Honey Bee Colony Strength and Health.
Johnston County Beekeeper's Association Meeting Announcement
Date: April 15, 2013
*Before the Meeting: Al Hildreth, with Shamrocks Buzzy Bees, will be going into the two hives at the Johnston County Agricultural Center before the meeting at 6:00 pm. So if you would like to bring your bee suits and and see the hands on demonstration before the meeting you are more then welcome to experience all the fun.
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Johnston County Agricultural Center (2736 NC Highway 210, Smithfield, NC 27577)
Speaker: Dr. Richard (Dick) Rogers; Entomologist / Manger with Bayer Bee Care Center
Topic: "How to Assess Honey Bee Colony Strength and Health"
Description: Dr. Rogers will be covering how to evaluate a hive to determine how healthy and strong it is.
Special Notes: This event is free and open to the public. We hope that you can make it.
- Get honey supers ready for honey flow
- Final touches for new hives and supers
- Comprehensive inspection
- Need good records
- Can you find evidence of a good laying queen
- Nice solid laying pattern
- Consider replacing if pattern is off
- Are plenty of eggs and brood present
- Continue reversing the hive bodies every 10-14 days
- Allows for better distribution of brood
- Stimulates growth of the colony
- Gives queen more room for brood laying
- Take top hive body and place on bottom board and then place the one that was on the bottom on top
- Keep feeding
- Continues to help build the bee population
- No supers on hive yet
- Intake of sugar not going into honey production
- Feeding to help get hive off to a great start
- Pollen patties are still needed
- When bees no longer take the food you are supplying
- Stop feeding them
- Put supers on hives
- Bees are now collecting from early spring flowering plants
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The Johnston County Beekeeper’s Association met on Monday, March 18, 2013. The meeting began with a 40 minute question and answer/discussion session, followed by an informative program presented by Al Hildreth of Shamrock’ss Buzzy Bee on installing packages of bees and splitting hives.