Central Oregon Beekeeping Club News
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.