PLEASE NOTE: HABA meeting days are changing to the SECOND THURSDAY of the month from 7-9 pm. Meetings take place at Holland campus of Grand Valley State University.
April 11 meeting at 7 pm - SPRING STARTUP
Chuck Bauer will present on Spring Startup. While the presentation is primarily aimed to help out beginning beekeepers, we can all benefit from a little review....and an opportunity to rub elbows with our fellow beekeepers.
Chuck is a seasoned beekeeper who maintains 24 hives in Byron Center, two of which are experimental overwintered nucs.
Topics to be covered include:
- Tools of the beekeeper's trade;
- Installing packages and nucs;
- Hive inspections, smoking the hive and inevitably getting stung;
- Brood, brood patterns and queen presence in the hive;
- Adding brood boxes and honey supers;
- Queens and queen presence in the hive;
- Swarm cells and swarming;
- Festooning and bearding, and;
- Diseases and pests.
HABA local queen rearing interest group
The HABA Queen Interest Group formed in September 2018 as a group of individuals who were interested in raising local hardy queens.
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 fourteen members of queen rearing interest group gathered at Randy Slachter’s apiary to listen, learn, and ask questions. Randy described his experience in raising queens using the Doolittle grafting technique. Heather Boerema described the Mel Disselkoen OTS (On The Spot) Queen Rearing method that she uses in her apiary. The group discussed the importance of having locally adapted healthy, varroa-tolerant and productive honeybee colonies and the ways HABA can assist local beekeepers in producing and obtaining hardy local queen stock.
It is our hope that we can improve the genetics of our local bees through education and promotion of locally sustainable methods of beekeeping. A significant piece of this initiative involves breeding queens that are adapted to survive the challenges Michigan’s northern climate.
Stay tuned for monthly updates on the progress of the interest group. If you are interested in being on the queen rearing interest group email list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested but not sure what queen rearing involves? Here are a few links to check out the particulars:
Spring is around the corner (really!) ...time to order packages and/or nucs
NEWBEES who missed out on Bee School...
(and even if you went to Bee School) the Ohio State Beekeepers have provided a series of videos that will fill in the gaps, as well as provide a handy reminder when you forget what to do next. Visit the site and all of the (currently 34!) Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program online videos (click the blue text to the left or copy this url into your browser - http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/beekeeping_class
Upcoming HABA board meetings:
Consider attending to find out what is happening behind the scenes at HABA and take the opportunity voice your interests or concerns.
HABA board meetings are open to the public. You are welcome to come to a meeting and just listen, or bring up an issue of concern regarding the club or beekeeping in West Michigan that warrants consideration by the board or the club in general. If you wish to add an item to the board agenda, you should do so at least a week in advance by sending an email detailing your concern to email@example.com.
Minutes from recent board meetings are available by clicking here.