All of the beekeepers should now have their packages of bees. Some of you have had your since March, 2015. A few of the beekeepers had there hives last through the winter. So now with the weather being so wet, some of the bees will not leave the hive to forage. Do you have the means to feed your bees. Last month’s lesson, presented by Jerry Lynn explained that you should be feeding them 2/1 sugar water. You should feed for as long as the bees will take it. Some beekeepers will be feeding them all season and adding some supplement to the mixture. This will be entirely up to you.
For the new beekeepers (newbees) you will soon figure out what works best for you. Stay out of your hive for at least a week at a time. You don’t have to find the queen every time you look. If you see eggs and new larvae then you have a queen. If you see several swarm cells, they might be getting ready to swarm. If you see queen cells, then you may have lost your queen and the hive is building a replacement.
For the upcoming season we will have many different lessons on how to take care of your honey bees. I have found that this is one of the most involved hobbies there is. The bees are a lot of fun and a lot of passion. Are you any lessons that you want repeated or specifically demonstrated? We cover ten subjects throughout the year, with a brush up on all the lessons and questions answered.
Our next meeting will be at the new location, with a different meeting room. I will be sending out reminders via email addresses and there will be posting on Facebook.
The Salt Lake County Extension Office is located in the South Building of the SLCO Government Complex at:
2001 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
We will be meeting in the Counsel Chambers because our meeting is scheduled after normal building hours. (The doors lock at 6 p.m.) Please see the directions below.
- Enter through the North Building of the complex
- Check in @ Protective Services desk located on the 1st floor
- Once you have signed in, you willl be able to enter the counsel chambers room
The Salt Lake County Protective Services contact phone number is (385)468-9898.