March Meeting Notes

The Board and General Meetings were held March 5, 2024. Members: see here for meeting recordings and further information.

General Meeting

Swarm Catching Class
  • Saturday, March 9th at 10AM at the Apiary.
  • Send us an email if you want to be on the Swarm Removal list: info@gilroybeekeepers.org
Apiary Events
  • April 6th is the target date for picking up Nucs.
  • We will be at the Apiary many times before then preparing Nucs. See Events for dates and details.
  • We will be working on Nucs and splits on Saturday, March 9th at 10AM.
  • Scouting events at the Apiary on March 23 and April 6 at noon. See Events for dates and details.
March
  • Keep an eye on your bees to make sure they are not filling up brood nest areas with honey.
  • Keep an eye on water issues in your hives with recent rains.
  • Swarming has already started.
  • We will be doing splits at the Apiary on Friday, March 8th. Come out if you’d like to learn how.
  • Sustainable Apiary by Michael Palmer.
  • If your hive needs more room, and all frames are full, add a super. Make sure to give your bees space when they need it.
  • Some discussion on frames – making your own with wax foundation vs. using prebuilt foundation or plastic frames.
    • It is very risky to use empty frames… the comb will be fragile and easily fall out of the frame. And they may build crazy comb which is very difficult to maintain.
Treatments
  • Extended Release OA
    • Instructions and recipe.
    • Absorbent pads are available from Amazon here, but Swedish Dishcloths are a less expensive choice if you’re just make a few doses.
    • Club members have extra pads and OA… reach out to fellow members or send an email to info@gilroybeekeepers.org.
  • Drone comb removal.
  • Wax moths
    • Top bar hives
      • Use a follower board, and remove empty frames.
    • BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) work for wax moth larvae.
      • Does not hurt bees or bee larvae.
      • Very effective for wax moths.
      • Available at local hardware stores.
Swarms
  • Swarms are happening.
  • Roark is a great resource for swarm catching and removal.
Announcements
  • Penny lost all her hives over the winter, and offered to host anyone else’s hives.

Board Meeting

  • Review and approval of previous minutes.
    • Unfinished business
      • Review of financials.
      • Porta-potty at Apiary.
  • Financials (Mike):
    • Review of last year’s financials.
      • Ended last year with a surplus.
    • Tentative budget prepared for this year, but no financials yet.
  • Swarm List
    • Art Hall and Eric Stang can do cutouts.
    • Rachel Taylor has been active.
  • Steve will see if we can get our porta-potty by Saturday.
  • Curt welcomes help for the Scouting events.
    • GBA members could bring their kids out on April 6 – there’s not many kids currently involved.

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