WHAT DOES A HABA FIELD DAY LOOK LIKE? SORTA LIKE THIS :
(THANKS TO RICHARD WINKEL FOR THE PHOTOS)
On May 19 we attempted to find the queens to mark, produce two splits and demonstrate the OTS method of queen rearing. As so often when we get into the hive, the bees had other plans. We did succeed in doing a simple swarm control split in one hive, and notched some young larvae in hopes that the bees would take the hint and produce queens in the notches (always experimenting...) The other hive, in which we hoped to engage Mel Disselkoen's OTS method, seemed to have swarmed the week between the planned date (cancelled due to cold weather) and the rain date. The bees apparently decided to take control before we could.
MEGHAN MILBRATH is a Michigan breeder of northern queens. Read about her operation by clicking here. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN A CLUB ORDER FOR MEGHAN'S QUEENS, please let Jeri Walsh-Allis know (firstname.lastname@example.org). You will need to make payment at the June meeting. Meghan charges 40.00 for a mated queen, 20.00 for a virgin queen and 10.00 for queen cells. She is offering Michigan Mutts, Purdue Mite Biter and VSH genetics. You can also choose to take whatever is available. We will most likely request that she fill our order mid-July (in time for late splits for anyone requesting a virgin queen or cells).
IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE PART IN THIS ORDER, you must submit your request to Jeri no later than May 15 to ensure that Meghan can fill the group order.
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SWARM SEASON IS UPON US....
...and our SWARM LIST is now updated. If you wish to be added to the swarm list, please send your name, phone number/s, county/counties where you are willing to catch swarms and any limits as to how far you will travel to catch a swarm. Your email is needed for us to update the list, but will not be posted on the website. Send your information to email@example.com.