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We had a great November meeting thanks to Master beekeeper Scott Taylor. He spoke on Preparing for Spring.
The refreshments were good made Steve and David, and lots of door prizes.
Please come to our Christmas party, Dec. 9. @ 7 PM, at Clawson's Restaurant on Front Street in Beaufort.
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Emerald Isle Day4Kids Demo
Andrew, Janet and Julie (and her girls) helped on the Emerald Isle Day4Kids Demo this weekend. I'd like to thank them all for their participation. They all looked like they had a good time. The work they did helps spread the news about honeybees, their importance and promotes the Crystal Coast Beekeepers.
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inspection: the girls will do what the girls want to do. And my job is to shut
up and get out of their way.
Saturday didn’t work out so did it today.
Queen Margaret hive aka Mean Girls looks okay. Saw several different sizes of
brood larva. Saw baby bees trying to hatch. Didn’t see the queen but there
is enough larva and brood I’m not too worried about them. They look better
than the last look. This is the hive I had to requeen. Only has one shallow
but they are working on everything, all looks good, smells good. They aren’t
horrible and aggressive anymore. Some drone, not so much drone brood. The
feeder and hive reducer have been off for awhile. Lots of pretty honey in both
Queen Charlotte……..had two shallows and brood box. I never saw such mess
of sticky gloppy glue on everything. Can’t get SHB traps out, can’t get
frames out, top of box is disgusting (to me. Probably looks good to a bee.)
Trying to scrape some of this mess out. All the frames are cemented together.
They are drawing out the last few outer frames so they need my last shallow.
Most 75% capped honey, 25% capped brood or big fat larva. I got to the eighth
frame……….I looked, then looked around…workers, few fat drone, look
back……..I HAVE AN UNMARKED QUEEN! I put the frame back and looked at the
next one which has lots of little eggs. Put that back and take out the eighth
one again. Yeah, that’s an unmarked queen. Just took the ends out of other
two boxes and looked down in them. Everything looks drawn out and full. Didn’t
want to cause an upset with all that gunk in there and not being able to get
anything loose. I was so dumbfounded I forgot to keep writing things down. Put
it back together, checker boarded 2nd and 3rd shallows and closed it up.
was in there August 26. Didn’t note anything out of ordinary. Before that on
8/8 we did the photo shoot and I didn’t open this hive then. It started to
rain and he had enough pics. I’m kicking myself cause I don’t take them
apart completely and look at everything so I’ve missed something. Didn’t
notice any lack of brood anytime I went in. Whatever the issue was they took
care of it and she is laying and the hive is full of bees. Don’t think they
have swarmed (although when they were hanging around out front I worried about
it.) I’ve heard everyone else’s problems this year so I am going to
consider myself lucky because I still have a queen in there and they needed a
third shallow. Just need to get another shallow REAL SOON for QM hive. Now I
have to go home and shower.
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Some of the bee school attendees showed up yesterday at Bees a Charm to see what a fall inspection looks like. I think everyone had a lot of fun. We went through my two surviving hives (!) and both are strong: lots of brood and stores; no visible sign of varroa (but we know they’re there, don’t we?), hive #1 had lots of small hive beetle—most on the inner cover—and the girls seem to be taking care of the situation handily. At some point in time I may go back in to take some of the honey off—more to decrease hive size for overwintering than to harvest honey (although some honey could be very well received right now!), and the “newbees” will be invited back at that time. We also went to my bee shed and reviewed the various parts of a hive and tools used in beekeeping. Started at 10, finished at 12:30. With the weather being cooler, it was a pretty pleasant day!
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The first class of autumn bee school was a record breaker! Twenty-two were in attendance. We had a good time and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and have some idea now of what it takes to be a beekeeper! Hoping to see everyone at the Honey Tasting. And on Tuesday, we’re supposed to be going into my hives for their first view inside a bee colony! In the meantime I’m attaching a couple of photos of only a few of those who attended. It wasn’t quite 10 am and we had some latecomers, so maybe next time I’ll get more newbees in the shot.
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We now have 10 people registered for bee school, so it will proceed commencing 10 am on Saturday, Sept 7.
Classes are at the Carteret Public Library in Beaufort and from 10 am to noon, three consecutive Saturdays: Sept 7, 14 and 21.
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club has been doing a honey tasting or social every year now for several
years. All club members bring a snack, honey recipes and a jar of honey for
the public to taste. If you don't have Honey still bring a snack and recipes.
Tia is doing a poster to email all one. We need every club member to print
poster and put them in Stores, library's or where ever possible. Advertisement
is very important for this function. Tia will get some advertisement and I
have emailed Channel 12 Happenings. If anyone of thou know of other ways to
advertise let Tia, Russ or me know. Oh and all who have business cards or
honey labels to put out with you honey bring them too.
Thanks so much,
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Craven ~ Pamlico Beekeepers Association 2013 Beginner Beekeeping School
Saturday, September 7th 2013 8:00am- 8:30 : Signing In / Badges/ Manuals John Savage 8:30 - 9:00 : Welcome and Course Overview Dj Moran - school admin. NCSBA / Master Beekeeping Program / Testing Information 9:00 - 10:00: History of Beekeeping; Races of Honeybees Dj Moran 10:00 - 10:15: Break 10:15 - 12:00: Bee Anatomy / Biology Janet Doughty 12:00 - 12:45: Lunch - provided by the Club 12:45 - 3:00: Bee Diseases, Pests, and Treatments Daniel Simpson 3:00 - 3:15: Break 3:15 - 4:00: Bee Yard (smoker use, apiary work intro.) Bill Moran & Mike Marsh 4:00 - 4:15: Questions / Review All instructors 4:15 Adjourn STUDENTS - over the next week - READ YOUR MANUALS Saturday, September 14th, 2013 8:15am - 8:30 Sign In John Savage 8:30 - 10:00 Selecting Bee Yard Site & Equipment Craig Foskit 10:00 - 10:15 Break 10:15 - 12:00 Hive Management Craig Foskit 12:00 - 12:45 Lunch - provided by the Club 12:45 - 2:00 Bee Yard ( bring/wear protective clothing ) Bill Moran & Mike Marsh Weather Permitting In the apiary: how to work a hive, tools usages, identification of what is being seen on the
frames. If unable to be in the apiary, we will conduct a mock up in the classroom &/or schedule an apiary inspection Sept.15th. Students should not wear perfume, flip-flops. You will need to have on Socks, long pants ( if not in a full bee suit ) club members will lend students some gear for this session. 2:00 - 2:15 Break 2:15 - 2:45 Feeding Bees, Honey Extraction, Labeling Bill Moran 2:45 - 3:20 Good Neighbor / Rules & Ordinances /Predators Dj Moran or Mike Marsh CPBA Membership Benefits 3:20 - 4:00 Review; questions and answers All Instructors 4:00 Adjourn STUDENTS - Read Your Manuals and Study for Exams Saturday, September 21st, 2013 * for those who desire to get Certified 8:15am - 8:30 Signing In John Savage 8:30 - 9:30 Review All Instructors 9:30 - 10:15 Written Exams Dj Moran 10:30 -12:00 Bee Yard Practical Exams Bill Moran, Mike Marsh, Alesia Willis, John Savage CLASS PARTICIPANTS are INVITED to attend the regular meeting of the CPBA on Tuesday Evening, September 17th at the Cooperative Ext. Bldg. The speaker for this meeting Will be our regional state apiary inspector, Adolphus Leonard, who will be speaking about the Characteristics of the different races of bees; and North Carolina beekeeping updates. We gather at 7 pm. Please come. Guests are welcome.
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of our customers, a beekeeper who lives near Raleigh, suggested I contact your
organization to see if there
having a "close out" sale with 50% off while supply lasts.
let me know if you have questions or need additional information. Also, I'd be
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Installed 4 new queens in hives Friday, May 24, 2013. Took one full box of honey from Isabella on Harkers Island and 4 frames from hives here at house. Extracted and got 37 lbs of honey. Good thing because we used the last of my honey from last year in our coffee this morning!! Will be watching closely now.
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On May 2, I spoke to the Beaufort County Beekeepers on the subject of “Basic Beekeeping.” BeauCo Beeks are a startup who are working on their by-laws and constitution to become a chapter of the NCSBA. The group is very enthusiastic and a lot of fun. I really enjoyed my visit with them and hope to see them at the NCSBA state meetings! They were even kind enough to take up a collection to pay my gas to and from the meeting! Unnecessary, but sooo thoughtful. I’m confident this group is going to be a beneficial addition to the Association. Welcome, BeauCo Beeks!
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On May 20:
Bees are happily installed. They are out foraging, bringing back lots of pollen, using the feeders, visiting the water bowls. One hive started out very quiet, no activity while the other started off pissed off and flying out the door and sucking down corn syrup. Now they are both very active, feeding, drinking. Somebody got caught in the rain today and left pollen all over the front but they have cleaned it up.
No bee stings. I have to defend them every time anyone sees the hideous ant bite on my hand from the strawberry field. Fighting ants in the bee yard. Had to put shims under the fronts because the feeders leaked and attracted ants. Just enough slope to make a mess.
Have had lots of visitors (employee and volunteer, not paying public kind) come to the nursery yard to look at the hives. Cats ignoring them. Other than the keeper who worries them, they are fine.
And on May 22:
Went in this morning to look for the queens. Spent too much time in the calmer hive because I couldn’t find her the first go round. Found them both. Both hives have been busy girls, starting to fill out the frames.
Very glad I had bought a coverall and hood. I looked down once and the mean girls were covering my glove. After my wasp attack yesterday, it could have been very scary. ( I was trying to unlock the pesticide shed and it came flying out from under the eaves, got me through a glove, just missed the edge of a bandaid for a blister. My Catholic volunteer went home to pray for my soul after the language he heard. My hands look bad and none of it due to bees! )
Will try to send pictures later this week.
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Just went into all four of my bee hives and discovered they are all queenless!! There are still lots and lots of bees working hard making honey but if I don't get queens installed soon, they will be gone! There is some honey that I will take and will probably try to decrease the size of the hive bodies until I see if the queens survive and start laying. I know all the hives have swarmed - two of them we caught and Katrina has them. She also had to put in two new queens so I am not sure what is going on with these girls. Kenny and I found lots of brood in all my hives last time we looked which was the end of April. Very disturbing to lose all four at once! Hope to get queens by Friday at the latest.
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Bee Blast 2013
by Triple S Bee Farm
Smith Rd. Maysville, N.C.
A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
will provide the pig, paper products, and ice.
a covered dish, a chair, drink, and your bee suit.
prepared to play and learn in the bees.
RSVP by May 8th so we will know what size pig to buy!!!!!
Scott & Julie Taylor
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I gave a honeybee demo for the 2nd grade at the Harkers Island Elementary School. I had a good time with the kids. They had lots of questions and answers.
Check out the Pictures on the Members Pictures Webpage.
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At the invitation of Mel Brooks, I spoke to the Newcomers Club at Glad Tidings Church the other day. A really big, fun group! I think we all had a good time and learned a little more about our beleaguered honey bee!
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Thought I'd pass it on, I got a call tonight on my way home, a friend had a swarm in a tree over his drive way, it apparently had been there since Monday afternoon. I went and got them tonight, and put them in a hive we had on standby for this. Oddly enough they'd already started drawing comb on the leaves in the branch!
I have no idea if I got the queen or if they will make it due to it getting dark quick. Lets hope for the best! I'll make up some sugar water and feed them tomorrow, if they are still there.
are swarming already and with the coming warmer days it could get worse quick!
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We had a great NC & SC Honeybee Conference this weekend at Rock Hill, SC. We had 8 people that went there from our club. There were several good speakers and workshops. Wish more could have come. You learn alot at this meetings. We even had a little snow on Saturday. Several of our members won some good door prizes.
We will see you at our next meeting and tell you the highlights.
We will also have Adolphus, our State Honeybee Inspector, to speak to us.
Check out the Pictures on the Members Pictures Webpage.
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TELLING THE BEES
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We had a Great February CCBA meeting. We had over 50 people to attend and about 16 were Guests. Rick Coor gave us a presentation on Hygenic honeybees.
We missed some of our regular members but hopefully they will be back at the next meeting. At the March meeting we are having Adoulphus Leonard, NC honeybee inspector, to speak to us. Please be there.
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crowd yet! Seventeen newbees (well, not all newbees. . .see if you can
recognize the members in the photo) attended the final class of Bee School on
Saturday, February 2. But we’re not done yet! We’ll be getting together
soon to develop a joint order for supplies, woodenware, and, of course, bees!
That same day will be “make up day” for anyone who missed a class or wants
to review. After that, we’ll have a couple of field days in my beeyard so
the newbees can see and learn what to expect. Finally we’ll get on to the
Master Beekeeper Program written and practical tests for those who are members
and wish to take the tests and be certified.
folks were a wonderful, enthusiastic group and I’m sure they will be an
asset to this area’s beekeeping community. I’m hoping you’ll get to meet
most of them at our February meeting.
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Online Beginner Beekeeping School
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013 7:00pm – 9:00pm — 2 weeks away
Take a winter beekeeping class, taught by NC State University faculty, from the comfort of your living room! This class will meet three Wednesdays, Feb 13, 20, and 27, online, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Cost is $48.00. Class participants will be responsible for reviewing online materials prior to each online weekly discussion and Q&A session. The three course sections constitute approximately 5.5 hours of lectures, in 15 segments, prepared by NC State University's Dr. David Tarpy. The course is aimed at taking a complete novice to the point where you feel comfortable starting your own hives, but can also be a good refresher course for new beekeepers. Each course segment has an associated quiz which will be graded automatically online. Upon completion of the entire course you will receive a downloadable eCertificate of completion. To sign up for the class, contact NC State University's Apiculture program by email: David_Tarpy@ncsu.edu, and copy Anne_Edwards@ncsu.edu. In the Subject line, please write "BEES Online Training". Once you contact Dr. Tarpy and sign up for the class, information on the course links and collaborate software will be sent to you.
***Carteret County residents who take the course and would like to then take the Certified Beekeeper Exam for the North Carolina Master Beekeeper program should contact Anne Edwards, County Extension Director, at email@example.com, before starting the class so arrangements can be made for the exam after the class is completed.***
Anne Duncan Edwards
County Extension Director
NC Cooperative Extension Service,
Carteret County Office CMAST,
303 College Circle Morehead City, NC 28557
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2013 Spring, North & South Carolina Beekeepers Meeting
The South Carolina Beekeepers Association will host a joint spring meeting with the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association at the Baxter Hood Conference Center, York Technical College, Rock Hill, South Carolina on 1-2 March 2013.
Rock Hill is conveniently located on I-77 about 15 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference center is located about two miles from several hotels including: Baymont Inn & Suites, rate: $79 (803-329-1330), Wingate by Wyndham Inn, rate: $89 (ph. 803-324-9000), and the Hampton Inn, rate: $104 (803-325-1100). because of competing events in the Rock Hill area, you may wish to reserve a room early.
Speakers for the meeting will include Jerry Hayes, Monsanto, St. Louis, Missouri; David Tarpy, N.C. State University; Sue Cobey, Univ. California-Davis; Bart Smith, USDA/ARS Beltsville, Maryland Bee Lab; Stanley Schneider, UNC-Charlotte;
Jamie Ellis, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville; and Mike Hood, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC.
Early registration for members of either of the state associations will be $20 for individuals and $30 for families. Early registration for non-members will $25 for individuals and $35 for families. Onsite registration fees will be $10 higher for each category.
The meeting will begin at 2 PM on Friday, 1 March, with a general session followed by a panel discussion. An evening dinner ($18 advance ticket required) will be held on Friday and will be followed by our keynote speaker, Mike Hood. A country string band will perform during the evening dinner.
Another general session will begin at 8:30 on Saturday morning and several workshops will be offered in the afternoon. The meeting will end at 5 PM.
Registration for the Spring meeting will be opened on January 1, 2013.
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Minnesota Hygienic bees
I decided to search for Minnesota Hygienic bee packages to add to the apiary for this spring, and Beesource listed Mystic Bee Farm, which has been purchased by Georgia Bee Supply....I called and spoke with Chuck Hester the owner, and have purchased two packages online from :
I don't know if you are interested in Minnesota Hygienic bees, but they are supposed to be Varroa resistant and these bees are used to Small Hive beetle, Chuck says they are diligent about removing SHB larva. The packages, with unmarked queen, are $127.00, shipping included with live delivery guarantee. Chuck said the bees are very gentle and great honey producers. Chuck said he uses no miticides in his colonies.
They ship beginning in early March so I hope to get a good start on the year. I will send this info on to the CCBA if anyone is interested.
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This course is recommended for beginners and intermediate beekeepers alike. Three two-hour classes will take place from 10 am to 12 noon on three consecutive Saturdays: January 19, January 26 and February 2 at the Carteret Library in Beaufort. Once the formal classes are completed, we will have a field day in the beeyard on a day when weather permits. We will also get together to place a group order for supplies and bees.
you’re a beginner, this is a good chance to learn the basics of beekeeping,
while current beekeepers will be offered the latest enhancements to grow their
registration by contacting
You will receive a confirming email that will include a syllabus of the