Greetings, I hope everyone is enjoying this sunshine and busy preparing hives for our upcoming delivery of package bees. The bees arrive late in the night of the 19th or early in the morning of the 20th.
Package bee pick up begins on the morning of April 20th from 8:00am -- 1:00pm.
If you ordered bees Mechele will be in contact with you with details.
We need more volunteers!
Dates are from August 5th to 9th.
We need: Friday 10-2 and 6-10, Saturday 10-2 and 2-6 and Sunday 2-6 and 6-8.
General information: Passes and tickets will be held at the Pavilion parking lot at the will call. Volunteers should go there first to get passes and parking permits. Then they are free to park at the main parking (further west) as it would be closer to the Bee Booth. I've put in a message to Rod at the Fair Grounds since I can't find the link on their site for you to use.
Pam would like to find a new home for some hives. 10 Frame Langstroth Hives.
I don’t know where the bees originated. Two colonies were swarms from last year. The third one is a swarm from this year . I was planning on getting rid of the bees earlier in the spring and sold all of my equipment so the new swarm is in 2 old deeps. One colony is 1 deep brood chamber ,1 medium and 2 semis. The third colony has 1 medium and 3 shallows. Most of the supers are older. The lids have metal covers and the bottom boards are screened. I did work the bees on Friday. Hive #1 is strong enough to make a split if you are inclined. Hive #2 is the swarm.There are 7 frames of brood. Hive #3 is queenless. There was no evidence of a laying worker so I put fresh brood in. There were 5 queen cups so I am hoping they will raise a new queen. I have had success with it in the past. The colony could also be requeened but I have not had great success with imported queens. I live in South Prairie. If anyone in your club is interested they can call me. 360-897-8537.