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The Limestone Beekeepers Guild

Bee Space, The Limestone Beekeepers Guild Web Newsletter

Meeting date:

Thursday, April 20, 2016, 7:00 PM
Trousdale Room, South Frontenac Library,
4412 Wheatley Street, Sydenham ON

In the Beeyard

The weather will soon begin to improve, and the early blossoms will begin to appear. The bees will soon begin to bring pollen into the hive. The queen is busily laying eggs and the population is growing fast. The drones will begin to appear. On a warm (above 10 degrees Celsius) and still day do your first inspection. Can you find evidence of the queen? Are there plenty of eggs and brood? Is there a nice pattern to her egg laying? Consider leaving your colonies wrapped until the weather is consistently warmer. The bees need to keep their new brood warm. Early May is a safer time to unwrap depending on weather. When you unwrap, on a very mild and windless day, if you keep your bees in double deeps, reverse the hive deeps if all the brood is in the top box and clean off the bottom board. As soon as it is possible and safe to do so, check mite levels and treat as required.
Consider reading a good beekeeping book, checking out a video (Honey Bee Health Coalition has some great varroa management ones online at http://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/varroa/), or signing up for a beekeeping course. Ontario's Tech Transfer Program opened course registration last month
Finally, if you haven't already, please consider joining the Ontario Beekeeper's Association, there are many benefits to being a member, including an inexpensive insurance policy for beekeepers as well as a bimonthly journal.
For all who have placed medication orders, they will be available for pickup at Bill Lake's house after Wednesday. If you want to pick your order up before the meeting, call or email Bill to arrange a time (353-6768 or betsybhoney@hotmail.com). Otherwise the orders will be made up and available at the April meeting.

New Meeting Format:

Please note, doors open at 7:00 meeting begins at 7:30 with a 9:00 end, no intermission.

7:00 coffee, cookies, juice and beekeeping buzz - find an old friend or make a new one.

7:30 Meeting Begins - General announcements, business, Q&A Curtis will present our facebook page and Bill will discuss our May survey results.

Featured Text - Selections by Bill Kirby

Meet a Beekeeper -Nancy Cole - Local queen breeder and seller of nucs. Nancy has been a longstanding guild member and provides ongoing friendly discourse and name tags at each meeting.

Science Feature - Dr. Thomas D. Seeley's work on honeybee communication and swarm behaviour will continue to be highlighted. Follow up reading "Honey Bee Democracy" Dr. Thomas D. Seeley. Nosema/Dysentery & Varroa Mites will also be briefly discussed.

Guelph University Videos - Installing a Nuc and Hive Inspection

Small group discussion - Topics will focus on unwrapping, feeding, IPM and swarm prevention.

There will be the opportunity as you renew your membership to enter a draw for some beekeeping swag and more...

Limestone Beekeepers Guild Swag

Get your Limestone Beekeepers Guild tee shirt(s) the meeting, featuring the Guild's new logo. They are $15.00 each, cash only, please! Various sizes available.

There are a limited number of Limestone Beekeepers Guild Travel Mugs. For $10.00. They will be available at the meeting.

Bill Lake has a limited number of hive tools. They will continue to be given to longstanding members of the Guild.

Classified Ads

Retiring Beekeeper - Has about 63 kg. of dark wax. Was used to make beeswax candles - very aromatic. In cakes of 1.5 kg. asking $6.00 per cake, or make an offer on all the wax. Also, a mid 1800's 6 candle, candle mould. Open to offers. Norm used it to make his candles. Call Norm Hart at 613-376-9998. Maxant Chain Uncapper for sale, Call George at 613 389-6117.

Upcoming Dates

May 18 - Limestone Beekeepers Guild meeting Date to be announced- Limestone Beekeepers Picnic

Limestone Beekeepers Guild - BEE SPACE PAGE TWO- USEFUL INFORMATION Web Page www.limestonebeekeepers.ca
Find us on Face Book Limestone Beekeepers
Membership $15.00 and $20.00 per year

Correspondence can be mailed to:
Limestone Beekeepers Guild, c/o Harley Gallagher 420 MacDonnell Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 4E4
Meetings are held at the Township of South Frontenac Public Library, Trousdale room, 4412 Wheatley St. Sydenham, On.

Bee Inspectors

Brian Lacey           Brian.lacey@ontario.ca          613-853-5325
Karen Whiteman        Karen.whiteman@ontario.ca       613-298-4098
Brent Halsall         Brent.halsall@ontario.ca        613-447-4479
Faye Bryers           faye.bryers@ontario.ca          613-859-8321

Beekeeper Registration:

Go to Ontario Beekeepers Association website: www.ontariobee.com
Under the section New Beekeeper Start Here    
Click on the picture. You will see Frequently asked Questions    
Click on the sentence: Do I Need to Register my hives if I only have one or two?
Click on here,
this will take you directly to the form.
You can print the form, fill it in, and return by mail or fax. Or you can fill in the online form and return by e-mail.
The return address, fax number and e-mail are all at the end of the document.

Bee Suppliers, Nuc and Queen Suppliers

Company          Phone           Website or Email               Contact

Busy Bee         613-275-1112    busybeebeekeepingsupplies.ca    Martin
Bee Supplies     1 844-287-9233                              and Monika

Propolis-etc     613 253-2337    propolis-etc.ca
                 1 855 933-2337

Dancing Bee      905 753-2623    dancingbeehoney.com              Todd

Peter Mewett     613 395-3225    earlyqueenarrivals.com

Robert Stevenson 613 389-9578

Neil Carter613   315 2688    Neilcarter50@gmail.com

Vern Price       613 928 1090    bigbayhorse@xplornet.com
                 613 803 5410
Graeme & Nora Peterson(613) 240-0317 Graeme (Munster p/u)
(613) 328-8563 Nora (Joyceville p/u)   bees@gridly.ca
Note: These are Debbie Hutchings' Queens and Nucs

Nancy Cole 613-377-1586 nancecole@gmail.com

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