Welcome All Beekeeping Enthusiasts
Welcome to the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club of Idaho.
The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club provides a great opportunity for everyone with an interest in bees to come & gather great resources and knowledge about the honeybee. Practical knowledge, workshops and demonstrations are provided throughout the year. At every meeting, we discuss important bee topics, along with a Q & A with experienced beekeepers. Everyone is welcome! To become a club member, come to any meeting to sign up. Dues are $10.00/yr or $15.00 for a family/yr. If you can't make our next meeting; you can download, print, fill out and mail in our registration form. The mailing address is located on the form.
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Our most recent meeting was at The Honey Store in Fruitland, ID, on Saturday, April 16, 2016, which was "Nuc Pick-Up Day." Lessons from the Masters began @ 9 am. Many thanks to Shilo, Nick, Josh, Debbie, Tony and Family for hosting another great outing. The BEST!
Regular Club meetings continue at the IOA Hall on June 21, 2016, which will seem like the longest darn day of the year - especially if some of the typical blowhards get up on their chair and rant on "You-Know-What!" Jeeze! Well, the good news is that the days will start getting shorter from here on out! Winter's on it's way. Yippee!!!
We meet the third Tuesday of most every month (unless we have a field trip, a Pub Swarm, etc.) at 6:30 pm, in Boise at:
401 Brazil St. (off Sunrise Rim, near Vista and I-84)
Please bring your own drinks.
Need Hive Components Fast?
Mike Morrison has a list of equipment that you can purchase locally and avoid shipping charges. Please see the following list for what he has available and his contact info:
YOUR TVBC OFFICERS
President/(Queen Bee) – Karla Kimball
Vice-President – Joyce Gebhardt
Treasurer/Keeper of the Envelope – Rena
Secretary/Working Drone – Ken Sonnen
Past-President – Chad Dickinson
Committee Positions: Volunteers (no vote necessary)
Web Queen Chair – MJ Oresik
Web Assistant Drone - Chad Dickinson
Community Education Chair - Terry Fackrell
Plans Club education - Bug Days, Western Idaho
Fair, community appearances by Club members, etc.
Special Projects – Carole Kanizar & Steve Sweet
Foothills Learning Center Activities, National Honey
Bee Day, the occasional "Drink the Kool-Aid"
Sessions ;^) and the Winter Hobbyist Session.
What Should a Beekeeper be Doing Now?
Summer floral sources are in full bloom this month; nectar flow will be at a zenith.
• Super ahead of the need for space - this will increase honey production and reduce swarming. You may want to walk through your apiary and reshuffle the supers away from hives that are lagging behind and give them to strong hives that are packing the honey in.
• If you have foundation to draw, now's the time. Summer's nectar dearth is around the corner.
• Continue to replace old, poor quality brood frames with foundation. We recommend replacing brood frames every 5 years.
• Remove and extract supers containing well ripened honey -- the moisture content should be around 17.8% or less. Honey harvested early in the season (June) has more moisture than late season honey (late July/August). Unless you can check your honey for moisture content, avoid harvesting frames of uncapped honey early in the season or risk having too much moisture. You can check the ripeness of uncapped honey in a given frame by giving the horizontal frame a hard, downward shake. If there is a shower of nectar, then clearly the honey is too wet to extract.
• If you have hives around agriculture crops (e.g., vetch, red clover, Christmas trees, etc.) be cognizant of the dangers from pesticides. Make inquiries - find out what's going to be sprayed, when, and the danger to your bees. You may want to move your bees out. See OSU Extension Publication 591 (https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/pnw591for more information on how to reduce bee poisoning.
• If you find hives with the beginnings of swarm tendency, remove the forming queen cells and rotate the brood boxes. Pull a couple of frames of sealed brood and fortify weaker hives. Place foundation in their place. Note that swarm cups are a natural condition in the hive; their presence does not necessarily mean the hive will swarm.
• Swarms issue one or two days after the first queen cells are capped! If you find capped queen cells, then there is a good chance the hive has already swarmed. If you think the hive has not swarmed, then one way to try to prevent swarming is to split the hive hard and make divisions. Note that if you plan to make nucs from the swarm cells and allow the bees to raise their own, in some peoples' opinion this is bad practice because you are selecting for swarminess. With the introduction of the Varroa mite and the benefit of breaking the brood cycle in reducing Varroa numbers, swarming may not be as bad today as in the past.
• Provide a steady supply of water.
• Continue to be on the lookout for American Foulbrood disease.
• Varroa mites: You should sample to estimate your Varroa mite load, and treat if your estimate is high (more than 3 mites per 100 bees sampled out of the broodnest). This may be your last opportunity to treat with controls that have short withdrawal times before supering but require higher daily high temperatures for use. Check this cool poster out if you have any questions about testing your bees for that despicable, miserable vermin, the Varroa d. mite: http://tinyurl.com/akx2yzc Manage Your Mites!
The above information was excerpted from the Oregon State Beekeepers Association webpage, found at: http://www.orsba.org/htdocs/home.php (June 2, 2012). The Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club extends a special thanks to Todd Balsiger, Forest Grove, OR for permission to post this information.
Foothills Learning Center
The TVBC has partnered with the Foothills Learning Center to provide educational opportunities about the Apis mellifera (honey bees) for the public. We have a bee yard on the grounds used for the Honey Bee Apprentice Program taught each year for new beekeepers. Please visit their website for all classes available at the Foothills Learning Center.
Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club
PO Box 5066
Boise, ID 83705-0066