Next meeting: Monday, Aug 15, 6:30-8:30, at SLO Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. Please bring $1.00 donation for room rental.
7:00-7:45 Practicum: TBA
Next meeting: Monday, July 18, 6:30-8:30, at 6440 Corral de Piedra near Edna on Hwy 227
From SLO: hwy. 227, right on Price Canyon Rd. Right immediately after railway tracks, onto Corral de Piedra. Continue on gravel to end of road. Look for signs.
We will start promptly at 6:30 with hive inspections lead by John Chesnut and John Hupp. Bring protective gear, a chair, and warm clothing for a cool evening.
John Chesnut will focus on detection and management of Varroa. He will show assay using drone brood, and nurse bee sugar shakes. His goal is for every beekeeper to adopt a Varroa management strategy that suits their risk tolerance.
Foundationless frames are frequently “all drone”. These make an ideal target to assay Varroa loading in a hive.
John Chesnut led a Nuc building workshop today and each participant went home with a new “hive.” We learned about setting up the queen excluder in advance, how to pick frames to populate the new nuc, how to install a queen cage, what to watch for, and some other tidbits of information. It was very informative and the bees were quite nice. Thank you John
48 hours in advance, brood is shaken free of bees and moved above a QE. The frames will be queenless, but heavily attended by nurse bees. Eggs above the excluder age out, so queencells won’t complicate the introduction of a mated queen.
Frames are pulled and arranged in boxes. One open comb, one pollen frame, two brood frames, one honey frame. Brood frames go in the center of the nuc.
Queens are pulled from a bank. Cages are kept corked for 2-3 days, and then the candy cork is opened. A further 2 days allows the hive to open the candy. Only at day 5-6 is a passage through the candy drilled.
Ideal brood frames are mostly capped brood, so nurse bees are quickly available to tend the growing hive.
Workshop participant scanning a nuc frame for eggs and brood
June 24, 2016
The Pollination Celebration
Welcome to the Central Coast Beekeepers’ Alliance. We are located in San Luis Obispo county, California.
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