Here we are about 25 days ahead of schedule according to this article and USGS map I saw. We're seeing some unprecedented weather patterns that make me wonder what the upcoming bee season will be like in the midwest, and around SE Indiana. I have been in my hives 3 times since mid-January and can say that I'm into my second generation of capped brood. All of my hives have clusters large enough for me to feel comfortable really goosing the queen. I wouldn't do it on hives with smaller clusters or that still seem fragile and I explain why in the March Beekeeping tips. I've also been community feeding 1:1.25 sugar water that we spoke about last meeting. That is... 4 lbs sugar to 3 quarts of water. That makes for a slightly thinner feed that we discussed simulates the early early spring flow. The bees love it, as evidenced in this picture I took of them invading a maple tap just pulled out from a tree. I won't spoil all the info in the March Beekeping tips. Head over there to get a take on where we are this season.
Raffles are fun!
Don't forget, we'll be having the raffle for the Nucleus colony provided by Dave Broxterman at this Thursdays meeting! Chances are $5 each, and 3 chances for $10! The odds are in your favor this meeting! Here's a picture of the other things we plan to add to Dave's nuc! Someone will be going home happy, and we hope it's a new beekeeper!
Attention all who are interested in Southern Indiana Conservation You are invited to a Meeting to create a dialogue about landscape level conservation and strategic habitat conservation at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge Tuesday March 14, 2017 9 AM - 3 PM. Last year we had 116 enthusiastic conservation minded people attend and we are working on another excellent line up of speakers and topics for this years meeting. Please forward this to everyone and anyone who you feel may be interested in attending. We…
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SIBA Meetings are the third Thursday of each month
Next Meeting: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Final meeting at Moores Hill Senior Center 16610 N Broadway St, Moores Hill, IN 47032 before we move back to Garry's Workshop. Look for the BEE MEETING sign out on 350. It'll be BEFORE Garry's driveway if you are coming from Aurora.
Dave Broxterman and Jason Morgan will demonstrate several methods of making splits at the March 2017 SIBA meeting. Since we are meeting at our winter location, an in-hive demonstration is not possible, however, depending on interest, Garry offered up a hive in his apiary the following Sat. to do some real splits. Be sure to tell us if you are interested before or during the March meeting.
Bastin Honey Farm should also be here again their trailer if you are needing any bee supplies.