At the April meeting (April 24) we knew of only a single swarm. Rich covered swarming in his comments and his comments will be posted in the meeting minutes. we should begin to hear of local bee swarms in May and June. Swarming means different things to different individuals. Some beekeepers see swarms as a management failure, especially when the swarm issues from their colony. However many more view swarms as an opportunity to start a new colony. Swarm removal for some is a public service. Non-beekeepers may fear a swarm or view it as nuisance. Beekeepers, and non-beekeepers alike, see...
Willamette Valley Beekeepers Association Established in 1967. I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year! Hopefully this year we can reflect on gratitude. Those that have gratitude seem to be happier. Instead of “What did you get?” Bob Purcell prefers to ask others “What did
With the blackberry in bloom and the honey supers on, try not to bother the hives to much. Just make sure the hives are queen right and they are not going to swarm. If you see eggs, you have a queen. Check for swarm cells. Swarming should taper off as the month advances. For those hives that have swarmed, check to see if the virgin queen got mated by looking for eggs and larva. If they weren't successful in producing a good queen, you could place a nuc in the hive or put the swarm back into the parent hive using...
Join us on the fourth Monday of the month from 7-9pm at Chemeketa Community College – Building 8, Room 201. All our meetings are open to the public and we encourage everyone interested in bees to attend.