Tuesday, May 28, 2013

For those who got VSH Queens today


INSTRUCTIONS FOR RAISING YOUR QUEEN CELL
  1. Please place your queen cell into your properly prepared hive or split immediately after receiving it.
  2. Don’t allow the temperature while the cell is being transported to fall below or rise above what you would be comfortable with. (NO LEAVING IN A HOT CAR.)
  3. Do not turn the cell upside down or sideways. Place your queen cell ONTO A COMB in the nuc box or hive that you have prepared, with the bottom of the queen cell facing down.
  4. Now would be a good time to do an initial count of varroa mites in the queen cell's hive, OR the hive that your split came out of. Sticky boards are available to take home with you on Tuesday.
  5. If your cell is viable, she should hatch Wed., Thurs. or Fri. CHECK THE HIVE ON JUNE 1 OR JUNE 2 to confirm if the queen has emerged. If she has NOT emerged you will need to requeen your split or have some other plan. A normally emerged queen cell looks like it's been opened with a can opener:
IF the queen cell has been "assassinated" (there was a queen or another queen cell in the hive that you didn't know about), it will have a hole in the side and will look similar to the queen cell that is circled in yellow (normally emerged cell on the right circled in pink):
PLEASE email Carol after the weekend so we can track how many of the queens successfully emerged!
  1. Open up the hive to start looking for fresh eggs around June 6; be patient til June 16 or thereabouts. Please send an email to cconne2010@gmail.com to let BIBA know if your queen emerged from her cell and is laying.
  2. Three months after your queen has emerged, be sure to start testing for varroa mites and reporting the results; and every two months thereafter. If you need help with the statistics or counting part, please contact Carol.

BIBA meeting Sunday June 2, 2013

Aloha everyone,

We hope to see you all this Sunday June 2 at the BIBA monthly meeting at the Kamana Senior Center in Hilo.

The General Meeting starts at 3 pm, with the Board meeting at 2 pm.

Everyone is welcome, and we'd love to have you join - $10.00 a year. Couldn't ask for a better deal.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Meeting schedule questions

Dear BIBA members, The next regular BIBA meeting is scheduled for Sunday, June 2 (first Sunday of the month), which happens to fall on Memorial Day Weekend. COULD YOU PLEASE respond to this email, and let me know: 1. Would you prefer that we move this meeting to the following Sunday, 6/9? 2. Would you attend the meeting if it is held on Sunday, 6/2? 3. Do you like having meetings on Sunday afternoon? 4. If not, which day of the week/time of the week is best for you to attend a two hour meeting? (Please list top three choices.) Mahalo! Carol Conner Secretary, BIBA 982-3780

Big Island Beekeepers Association
Next Apiary Day -This Saturday May 25, 2013, 9am-12pm

Apiary Days are a educational project of the Big Island Beekeepers Association. They are scheduled every second and fourth Saturday of the month. This is the time when members of the Big Island Beekeepers Association conduct regular maintenance of the demonstration colonies they keep at the Komohana Apiary. Observers will see how beekeepers inspect a colony and how maintenance of the colonies changes with the seasons.

Apiary Days are an unstructured learning unity for people new to beekeeping to get up front and personal with bees. No fees or registration but attendees are asked to wear protective clothing. For more information call Erick Belcher, 935-3939. Apiary Days are canceled in event of rain.


See previous post regarding VSH queen cell availability.

VSH queen cell availability

Dear BIBA members,

As most of you are aware, Danielle Downey (our State Apiarist) and Apiary Techician Lauren Rusert, grafted queen cells from their most successful Varroa Sensitive Hygienic (VSH) queen into a BIBA hive at the Komohana Apiary. These queen cells have been generously donated to BIBA for distribution to our members. All viable queen cells will be ready for transfer on Tuesday, May 28, between 11 am - 1 pm at the Komohana Apiary.

In order to be eligible to receive a VSH queen cell, members must be able to meet certain essential criteria, which are outlined below. These criteria are necessary to assure that your queen cell has the best chance of survival! IF YOU CAN MEET all criteria, and would like one or more queen cells, please respond to this email and let us know the maximum number of queen cells which you would be able and willing to "adopt."
CRITERIA: 
  1. Member must be ready to receive one or more queens, to be picked up in person, on Tuesday 5/28 at BIBA's Komohana apiary, between 11 am and 1 pm. (If this time would be a problem, please indicate in your email response, and someone will contact you to try to schedule a different time.)
  2. Member MUST respond to this eligibility/interest email questionnaire (or by phone, for those members without email), by Monday, 5/27, indicating the maximum number of VHS queen cells that you would be prepared to receive. (Contact number: 982-3780.)
  3. Member must have a nuc created, OR a hive made queenless by Monday a.m. 5/27, in a hive box with oil trap, for each queen cell that you may receive.
  4. Member must be in good standing of BIBA (dues paid) at time of pickup (can join "on the spot" and pay dues at time of pickup, if necessary.)
  5. Member must agree to monitor (with sticky board, alcohol wash, or sugar shake) the rate of varroa mites in that hive, every two months, for at least six months; and report the numbers to BIBA (which will in turn be given to Danielle and Lauren.)
DISTRIBUTION:
  1. Depending on number of queen cells available (maximum is 36, dependent on success rate of the grafts), each responding and eligible member will receive one queen cell. IF more queen cells are still available after distribution of the first set, then a second queen cell will be made available to eligible members who have the hive capacity. If queen cells still remain, 3rd and successive queen cell distribution will follow the same rules.
  2. If not enough queens are available to eligible members in any "round", then distribution will be made by lottery to eligible members.
TRANSPORTATION:
Member should bring with them a top bar or an empty frame; and a nuc box, hive box, or some other means to safely transport your queen cell on its bar. A drill will be available if your bar doesn't have a JZ queen system compatible groove or hole.
This is a wonderful opportunity to receive a queen who can greatly enhance your beekeeping operation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 982-3780.

Carol Conner
Secretary, BIBA

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Apiary Day this Saturday 5/10/13



Big Island Beekeepers Association
Next Apiary Day -This Saturday May 10, 2013, 9am-12pm

We will be doing honey extraction this week.

Apiary Days are a educational project of the Big Island Beekeepers Association. They are scheduled every second and fourth Saturday of the month. This is the time when members of the Big Island Beekeepers Association conduct regular maintenance of the demonstration colonies they keep at the Komohana Apiary. Observers will see how beekeepers inspect a colony and how maintenance of the colonies changes with the seasons.

Apiary Days are an unstructured learning unity for people new to beekeeping to get up front and personal with bees. No fees or registration but attendees are asked to wear protective clothing. For more information call Erick Belcher, 935-3939. Apiary Days are canceled in event of rain.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

BIBA monthly meeting agenda


The BIBA monthly meeting is tomorrow 5/05/13 at 3 pm at the Kamana Senior Center in Hilo.
Board of Directors meet at 2 pm.
Honey Challenge Committee will meet at 1 pm.

AGENDA

1. Call to Order and Introductions


2. Treasurer’s Report

3. Secretary’s Approval of Minutes for March 3 Meeting

4. Planning for Honey Challenge 2013 – presentation by Chelle Pahinui, Consultant

5. Subcommittee Description/Responsibilities and Sign-ups

6. Komohana apiary update

7. New Business

8. Adjournment

Note from Carol Conner, Secretary

Aloha, BIBA members! 

You will notice a change in the formatting of your email addresses. It was pointed out to me that spammers may "grab" email lists, and that blind addressing is helpful in avoiding the spammers, etc. Therefore, your email addresses will no longer be revealed to other members.

The agenda for the next general meeting is attached, as well as the minutes of the last meeting (March 3). The next meeting will be held Sunday, May 5, at 3 pm at the Kamana Senior Center. A BIBA Board meeting will precede the general meeting at 2 pm, and all members are welcome to attend.

This meeting will be very important. It will include a presentation by Chelle Pahinui, the consultant who is assisting us with plans and preparations for the annual Hawaiian Natural Honey Challenge and Festival. Subcommittees will also be formed in preparation for the Honey Challenge. There is much work to be done!

Hopefully all members will find a subcommittee that interests them.The following are functions that subcommittees will need to address and manage. This may not be a final list, and some areas may be combined or split apart, but please be thinking about what kind of activities you would like to participate in, and whether you would be interested and available to chair a subcommittee.
Rules - review, evaluate and revise (as needed) the rules for the Honey Challenge, including definition and requirements for varietal honeys, bottling, submissions, etc.
Judging - review previous year's criteria for judging honey entries, and for selection of judges and management of the judging process, and propose revisions where appropriate. Identify and recruit potential judges, and select judges for the Honey Challenge. Liaison with Honey Challenge judges prior to and day of event; solicitation of gifts and preparation of judges' gift baskets.
Registrar - reviewing and revising (if necessary) previous year's process for accepting entries, labelling entries for blind tasting and judging, etc.
Logistics - determining venue needs, required equipment rentals (as required); management of the People's Choice (public honey tasting).
Publicity/Outreach/Awards - make sure event is adequately publicized, advertised and marketed. Contact beekeepers and associations on this island and statewide to invite new and prior year participants. Liaison with Registrar; compilation of scores; preparation of awards and certificates.
Finally, we would like to greatly increase both the number of members in BIBA as well as the number of participants entering their honey in the Honey Challenge. In the BIBA grant that was submitted and funded by the State Department of Agriculture, a goal was set to double the number of honey challenge participants (from 43 to 86.) This is an achievable goal, but only if we all work together to get the entire Hawaii beekeeping community on board. PLEASE think about beekeepers that you know that are not currently active in BIBA, and try to bring them along to the next meeting.

Please feel free to contact me, if you have any questions or concerns, at 982-3780.

Mahalo,
Carol Conner
BIBA Secretary & Honey Challenge Project Coordinator

Minutes Sunday March 3, 2013 BIBA meeting



  • Big Island Beekeepers Association Big Island Beekeepers’ Association Meeting 
    Sunday, March 3, 2013
    MINUTES
    Meeting was called to order by President Larry Reiss at 3 pm. Members in attendance: Larry, Carol, Rod, Peggy, James , Shawn, Alan, Eric B, Tom, Ollie, Ron, Lyn. Guests in attend
    ance: John Stickler (Hawaii Business Magazine), Soma Han, Telio and his wife, Wayne Borden.
    Treasurer’s Report (Rod Vanderhoef):
    The previous balance in the treasury was $1042.11. A deposit was made of $250.50, consisting of sales from last meeting, additional dues, and T-shirts. Current balance is now $1,297.66.
    Motion: It was moved and seconded that the Treasurer’s Report be accepted. Motion carried.
    Secretary’s Minutes of February 3 meeting (Carol Conner):
    Motion: It was moved and seconded that the Secretary’s Minutes be accepted. Motion carried. 
    Agenda Items:
    1. Honey Challenge 2012 
    a. T-shirts – T-shirts are for sale.
    Motion: Moved and seconded to sell off shirts for $10. Motion carried.
    b. Any final thoughts/discussion – need to improve judging in the future. “It was too many honeys to taste.”

    2. Update on planning for 2013 Honey Challenge.
    Board needs additional authority to manage the grant, including awarding contract to the consultant and expending funds. 
    Motion: Moved and seconded to grant authority to the Board to receive and expend any and all funds related to the State Dept. of Agriculture grant for the 2013 Honey Challenge. Motion carried.

    3. Subcommittees for the 2013 "Honey Challenge"
    Alan would volunteer to be on judging sub- committee. 

    4. SB 482 update/BIBA support letter funds. 

    Eric pointed out that BIBA could/should get involved in pending legislation that impacts beekeepers.

    5. Replace Media Editor 
    Motion: Moved and seconded to elect Peggy Beckett as Media Editor. Motion carried.

    6. Komohana apiary – all hives are doing well. 2 Top bars, 2 occupied Langstroth, and one vacant Langstroth. Need volunteers this Sat. for Apiary Day, 9-10; 10-12 hive maintenance.
    Motion: It was moved and seconded that a maximum of $300 be expended for maintenance of the Komohana apiary. Motion carried.