We will hold this meeting on Saturday 11th June 2016 at 12:00 noon.
The venue is as usual Malcam Trust rooms, 45 Maori Road, Belleknowes, off Serpentine Road, close to Jubilee Park.
Its bee keeping housework.
For the first hour we plan to examine the hive boxes which are in the lock up shed. They have been used for honey and brood, and the goal will be to keep the frames and boxes in good condition, and select those with problems.
They include damage to the woodwork (ears broken, frame cracked or broken, just too old), and the body of the frame. Problems include: excessive amounts of drone brood, holes (made by robbers and mice), poorly drawn (the bees don’t fill it properly with honey), very old black comb, and other strange things.
Then a bite of lunch (bring your own), tea, coffee and chat
Meantime we will have started heating the steamer, and we will process about 18 frames at a time and end up with wax in a bucket, frass in the bottom of the steamer (will be removed into a wheelbarrow and added to compost), and frames which need to be cleaned up a bit and wire removed, and then put aside for the next meeting practical session in July.
The wax will be sent away and swapped for new foundation at a good price.
So, the July session will start at a commercial venue to cover woodwork assembly, and wiring. Then we will return to the Malcam centre to have lunch, re-wire our frames, and insert new foundation and embed it.
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