Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers
February 9, 2011
The regular meeting of the Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers was called to order at 6:00 p.m. on February 9, 2011 at the Canyon Lake Senior Center by Lee Alley. There were 38 people in attendance.
President Lee Alley introduced a new agenda for our club meetings which includes doing educational seminars first; followed by the business meeting. Lee had each member introduce themselves and state how many hives (if any) they have and how long they have had bees.
Jerry Owens Service Award
Lee presented Jerry Owens with a nicely packaged collection of comments from other bee club members indicating how much they appreciated Jerry’s work and help. Lee also presented Jerry with a beautiful plaque thanking him for his service to the club and announced that we will have an annual ‘Jerry Owens Service Award’.
Another new feature of the club meeting will be a ‘Member Profile Spotlight’. Bill and Joan Clements of Piedmont gave a short discussion of their beekeeping experience. They met Jerry at the fair last year and they have had bees (1 hive; they are building 4 more) for one year. They commented on how their garden doubled last year.
Order Bees Now
Jerry discussed the need for people to get their bee orders in. He ordered bees out of Nebraska last year and is very pleased with this source as the bees are healthy; there is brood, nectar and pollen in the nukes and the queen is actively laying. He has ordered 50 nukes from this Nebraska supplier hoping that will be enough. Please contact Jerry if you need to order bees. Lee stated that he ordered from a different source last year and when his bees arrived, they were very stressed so he plans to order from Jerry this year because he knows the quality of bees will be exceptional.
Jerry also mentioned the shortage of bees; a few years ago, bees were about $30.00 for a 3 pound package; now they run from $80.00 to $193.00. Also due to colony collapse disorder, bees can no longer be imported from Australia.
Jerry discussed the need to re-queen ever couple of years. He may explore ‘banking queens’ this year – where he will bank 10 to 30 queens so he has them if club members need them. Queen rearing typically stops in July.
Swarms & Absconding
Swarms (a normal reproductive process of bees) typically occur in the spring and Jerry would like you to contact him if you want to catch a swarm. Jerry’s rule is that if he contacts you to catch a swarm, you have to be ready to go immediately as the swarm may only remain in one place for a few hours. He will help you catch it. Troy Dean mentioned that there is also ‘absconding’ swarms which is not a reproductive process. Absconding can occur due to overheating, lack of food, or frequently disturbing the hive. In this case, the entire colony just moves somewhere else.
At the next meeting (March 9th), Lee will go through the necessary steps to do a standard hive inspection. Lee is also looking for another volunteer to assist with this seminar. If you are interested, contact Lee.
The April 13th meeting seminar will ‘Splitting a Hive’ by Troy Dean.
James and Linda Anderson brought in a Maxant Model 3100P Power Extractor and gave an extractor demonstration at the February 9 meeting.
Nicole Preble brought in a book by Thomas D Seeley – Honeybee Democracy. She said it’s an excellent book. Other members mentioned 2 magazines that they said were excellent resources:
This year, we want all of our members to keep track of when the honey flow starts in their area as well as what major nectar sources are in bloom at that time. We’ll have a ‘Honey Flow’ section on the web site so people can post their comments. Later, we can accumulate comments from the web site as well as club members log information to come up with an idea of when the honey flow starts and stops in each area.
The Wannabee Hobby Beekeepers web site can be accessed at https://bhbeekeeper.wordpress.com/. Please send comments/suggestions to Linda Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that Lee Alley is working on a new image/picture for the web site that is honey bee related and (hopefully by the next meeting) we will have a new web site address related to our club.
Lila Lytle would like to see the members bring in ideas for a logo for our club. Bring your ideas to the next meeting.
Nicole gave the Treasurer Report.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.
Minutes submitted by: Linda Anderson
Attahment: Per request from several members, attached is an electronic copy of the extractor handout given out at the February 9 meeting.
Maxant Model 3100P Power Extractor ($745.00), Leg Kit ($40.00), Shipping ($51.00) = $836.00
For advanced hobby beekeepers – a money maker! Time is money and this machine is fast!
Same as the Hand 9F except with Parvalux Gear Motor and Speed Control. Our most popular machine. Nothing else on the market is quite like it. Extremely well-engineered with a conical bottom. Made from 20 gauge stainless steel. Stiffening rings located at top and bottom. Will extract wood or plastic frames with no modifications. Extracts 6 medium/shallows radially and 3 deeps/medium-shallows tangentially. This machine is 18.5″ in diameter, and 24.5″ in height. Shipped via UPS with or without legs at a weight of 55#.
Maxant Model 3100H Hand-9F Extractor ($499.00), Leg Kit ($40.00), & Shipping of approximately $50.00 = $590.00. You can later add power conversion kit for $349.00
Forget about 2 frame machines with rock bottom pricing! Are you into beekeeping seriously? Why waste your money on a low priced machine unless you think your enthusiasm is a one year deal! The Maxant hand machine is built to last a lifetime. These tanks are constructed from 20 gauge #4 polished stainless steel, with a conical bottom TIG welded for maximum draining. This is QUALITY. You will be amazed at the remarkable engineering of the inner basket which can hold up to nine frames. The inner basket is 100% stainless steel. TIG welded and tested on balancing machines. Stiffening rings located at the top and bottom.
The 4 to 1 belt driven ratio is perfect for ease of use. These machines can be converted to power when you are ready to get serious. Will extract wood or plastic frames with no modifications. Extracts 6 medium/shallows radially and 3 deeps/medium-shallows tangentially. This machine is 18.5″ in diameter, and 24.5″ in height. Shipped via UPS with or without leg kit at a weight of 50#.
The rest of these are from the Dadant Beekeeping Catalog
Dadant Junior Bench Extractor – hand powered ($294.95) & stand ($53.95)
Stainless steel hand powered. Capacity: 2 frames (9 1/8″ deep maximum) per load. SS extracting basket and SS top assembly. Piano style continuously hinged lid. Easily converts to 175-lb, storage container. (Frames must be removed and turned to extract both sides). 1½” plastic honey gate included. Tank: 304 SS, 14″ dia. x 23¼” tall, all MIG welded construction. (M00391 stainless steel stand sold separately). Ships Dimensional Weight 47 lbs
M00390KIT Junior Bench Extractor Kit ($522.25 plus shipping)
The Junior Bench Extracting kit is the perfect extracting set up for the beginning beekeeper. The kit comes complete with 1 Junior Bench two frame extractor and stand, 1 bottling bucket kit, 1 speed king electric knife, plastic uncapping tub and 1 capping scratcher. This ships in 4 pkgs. 1 pkg @47 pounds, 2 pkgs @35 pounds, 1 pkg @8 pounds
M00400 Ranger Radial Extractor – Hand ($489.00 plus shipping)
Ranger Extractors—Designed for beekeepers using primarily 6¼” or shallow frames. Extract 6-6¼” or shallow frames radially or 3 deep (9 1/8″) frames tangentially by using optional baskets ($85.00) (item number M00402) – sold separately. Stainless welded reel provides positive frame placement. Upper ball bearing. Lower nylon sleeve bearing. Hand power. All welded 18″ dia. 24″ tall 304 stainless tank. 1½” plastic honey gate standard. Extractor stand (M00397) sold separately. Ships Dimensional Weight 78 lbs
M00401 Ranger Radial Extractor –Power ($740.00 plus shipping)
Ranger Extractors—Designed for beekeepers using primarily 6¼” or shallow frames. Extract 6-6¼” or shallow frames radially or 3 deep (9 1/8″) frames tangentially by using optional baskets ($85.00) (see item number M00402 Reel for deep frames sold separately). Stainless welded reel provides positive frame placement. Upper ball bearing. Lower nylon sleeve bearing. Electric power features direct drive electric motor with manually operated electronic speed control. All welded 18″ dia. 24″ tall 304 stainless tank. 1½” plastic honey gate standard. Extractor stand (M00397) sold separately. This item will ship in two separate cartons, one weighing 78 lbs. and one at 14 lbs.