Central Oregon Beekeeping Club News
July 9, 2014 - Bee Club Meeting 7/10/14 - 6:00 pm - Partner's In Care
July In Your Hive In Central Oregon -
Things To Watch For and Do:
Hive Strength - By now, you should know whether your hive is strong, medium or
weak. If it is strong, you lucky dog!! Try and remember, write it down, and do the
same next year. (And tell me, of course, I still don't know the secret.) If it is medium,
welcome to the club. It's not a bad thing, you will probably still get some honey this
year. If it is weak, I'm sorry, but there may still be time to do something about it.
Come to the July meeting and ask questions, don't give up!
Swarming - By now, most hives are over their swarming urges and are getting into the
honey storing mode. That doesn't mean that your hive absolutely won't swarm, but
it's not likely.
Super Your Hives? - It is about time for the summer honey flow to get underway in
Central Oregon. Knappweed has started blooming and will be in full swing in a few
weeks. Dutch Clover (yard clover) is blooming steadily. Put a super on your strong
and medium hives.
Mite Control - If you are using chemical treatments, hopefully you have already treated
your over-wintered hive earlier in the Spring. If you are practicing IPM, keep on top of
your powdered sugar dusting or drone brood removal and use a screened bottom
board. If you are practicing the AEN method, also known as the WMW method
(Alfred E. Newman - "What Me Worry?") Good Luck!
Deschutes County Fair - I don't know why I am doing this, but here goes. Most years
I get the blue ribbon because very few people enter their honey in the fair. It's at the
end of July in Redmond. I won't say anymore. I'll be ready, will you?
(Thanks to Dennis Galagher for these words of wisdom)
Dec 5, 2013 - Deschutes Public Library DIY Event on beekeeping
Oct 2013 - Winterization tips, mite treatments, and Bee School. Here are the links from the discussion.
- Oxalic acid - http://scientificbeekeeping.com/oxalic-acid-questions-answers-and-more-questions-part-1-of-2-parts
- ApiLife Var – thyme oil - http://www.modernbeekeeping.co.uk/item/161/
- Winterization tip sheet from Canada - http://wasba.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Biology-and-Management-of-Colonies-in-Winter.pdf
- Club's winterization discussion
- Weather dependent, when colder start feeding sooner
- Insert mite board
- Entrance reducer in place, smallest setting
- Inner cover with a notch cut to allow ventilation
- Plug holes in boxes with cork or “backer rod” (caulking)
- Sugar feeding 2:1 ratio 2 sugar – 1 water
- Boardman feeder in front
- Place boardman feeder in 9 in box on top of inner cover, on top of hive
- Pollen Patties place on top of bars under inner cover
- Drones will be pushed out and die out front
- Felt paper – cut to fit to wrap around hive. Get it snug with staples or push pins.
Sept 2013 - Dewey Caron visited and instructed in the field (hive opening) and classroom (treatments, queen selection, winterization)
July 2013 - CVPB – black hairless bee virus. How to determine if your bees have it.
June 2013 - Our new club member, Lucas Shellabarger spoke on commercial beekeeping and the long term genetic sustainability of the honey bee.
April 11, 2013 - Richard explained Geopathic Lines. Please bring a picture of your land with it's geopathic lines. Steve shared his experience of working at a bee cleanup that followed a truck crash on Hwy 97.
March 14, 2013 - Naomi continued the discussion of bee nutrition. Here is her hand-out.
March 9 & 10 - Bee School. We made the news.
November 20, 2012 - Cooking with honey. Bring a dish to share (with recipe) that uses honey as an ingredient. Mike will show us how to make Mead. "15 minute Class" on Heater Bees by Naomi. Heater Bees notes. Also here are the Bee Patty Recipes and an article on Fat Bees and Skinny Bees.
October 13, 2012
- October's club meeting (Tuesday, 6:30pm - Doors open at 6pm) will be
an open discussion on the similarities and differences of beekeeping in
Oregon and Uganda. If you would like to donate beekeeping equipment to
the orphanage, they are looking for:
> Full suits - L & XL
> Video & books
July 17, 2012 - Visiting bee guru, Dewey taught a short course on queen rearing. I'm going to give it a try, just need to get stronger reading glasses to see the larvae. Here is a copy of the hand-out that he provided.
June 19, 2012 - We discussed City Codes on beekeeping in Central Oregon, presented by Cliff. Updated Redmond, OR city code. Cathy inspired us on her travels to Spain and visiting apiaries. We also announced a Queen Rearing class on Tuesday, July 17 at 5:30 for members.
May 15, 2012 - Club Meeting. "15 minute Class" on "Do bees sleep?" by Naomi.
April 17, 2012 - Club Meeting. Members discussed their "burning question" and a "15 minute Class" on the ‘STOP’ signal in honey bee communication by Naomi.
Bunch of Bees
Swarm of bees
When you see a swarm, do not panic. A swarm of honey bees is generally very calm and they rarely sting. Do not spray the swarm with water or poison. Contact a beekeeper as soon as you see them. The beekeeper will place the bees in a hive and take them back to an apiary.
In the spring time, it is natural for honey bees to leave their hive in search of a new home. The bees are clustered together waiting to move into a permanent home.
We are a diverse bunch of individuals who share a fascination for the honey bee and its workings. Our members range from full-time beekeepers and pollinators with hundreds of hives to hobbyists involved in backyard beekeeping. Some members do not even keep bees, but are fascinated by the six legs and four wings of Apis mellifera.
Club benefits include
- Monthly educational meetings
- Beginner and experienced
beekeepers sharing and
- Loaner honey extraction
- $20 family annual dues
- Oregon State Beekeepers
- Washington State Beekeepers
- Master Beekeepers
- Bee Source
- Facebook - COBKA
- Backyard Bees of Bend
Meeting on 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Partners in Care, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, OR 97701
Harvest from the hive
The mission of The Central Oregon Beekeeping Association (COBKA) is to promote effective, economic and successful local beekeeping through education, collaboration, communication and research in the spirit of friendship.