Welcome to Our Hive…

We would like to welcome all beekeepers to visit the Haywood County Beekeepers Chapter (HCBC) of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association and it is our hope that the information contained in this website will enlighten and inspire about honeybees. Our goal is to offer information and encouragement to beekeepers of all levels as together we learn and grow in our desire to care for bees as we help our local community to understand more about these busy pollinators of the environment.

Haywood County Beekeepers Chapter (HCBC)

 The Chapter is beginning its eighth year as a bee club and has grown to over a hundred honeybee enthusiasts; mostly as hobbyists who manage only a few hives. However, the club does have members who are master beekeepers with varying ranges of expertise, some of these members have over forty-years of beekeeping experience. During any typical HCBC meeting, you will find beekeepers who share a common interest in learning more about bees and their habitat, while sharing knowledge with others in the club.

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General Information

Monthly Meetings

First Tuesday at 7:00 PM

Next meeting

August 4, 2020 - Zoom

Haywood County
Cooperative Extension

589 Raccoon Road
Waynesville, NC 28786

Mailing Address:

Haywood County
Beekeepers Chapter

P.O. Box 1391

Clyde, NC 28721

As beekeepers, we understand the impact that bees have on the environment and on our society, because honeybees pollinate crops that are responsible for one out of every three bites of food that people consume. From a national perspective, this represents a fruit, vegetable, and crop industry totaling more than $14 billion dollars that allows local communities to grow food. Additionally, honeybees pollinate many plants in the natural landscape, And, there is always lots of honey to go around. Below are a few of the annual activities and services that the Haywood County Beekeepers Chapter provides to its members and the community:

NC Extension OfficeHoneybee Swarm Removal TeamBuzz us if you need help with honeybees……

Become a Member of the HCBC Hive

Find a Bee MentorInspecting HoneybeesTyree Kiser talking about splits.Next Meeting

August 4, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.

Online with Zoom

The Haywood County Beekeepers will hold their monthly meeting via Zoom at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, August 4. Lewis Cauble, NCDA&CS Bee Inspector will be presenting the program on "Varroa Management." To successfully over-winter honey bee hives it is absolutely critical that you manage for mite pests! Tune in and see current recommended practice to manage mites. You must register through our EventBrite event page.

Preparing for Winter Starts NOW!

In addition to managing mite pests, there are other steps you need to be working on to get your hives ready for winter.

First, if you plan to harvest honey you will need to get it done soon. The Sourwood flow should be ending any day, and you certainly do not want to harvest any goldenrod or aster honey (you can leave that for the bees). After harvesting honey be sure to only provide your bees the space they can adequately take care of or you are just asking for hive beetle or wax moth damage.

Second, be sure all your hives are queen right with a viable queen. Several of the mite treatment options can be tough on queens, as well as the possibility of damaging the queen while taking honey or inspecting the hive. If you need to requeen, this is a great time to do it...queens are still readily available and easy to get. If you can't find a queen to put in a hive you should probably simply combine the queenless hive with a hive that does have a queen.

Third, be getting ready to feed your hives if they don't have sufficient honey stores. August and September can experience a dearth of nectar and hives with good stores now can quickly deplete the honey left on the hive.

Finally, plan to put entrance reducers in by mid September so mice don't get in your hives.

Dr. Bill Skelton,

Haywood County Extension Director

One of our favorite club activities is recruiting new beekeepers. You can join the hive by completing an HCBC membership form and mail it to Haywood County Bee Club, PO Box 1391, Clyde, NC 28721, along with a check for the amount indicated on the application. Better yet, print out the membership form and bring it to one of our monthly meetings!

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Haywood County Extension Center. Guests are always welcome to come and enjoy the buzzing activity, because we care about sharing beekeeping knowledge with each other, and our community.

Greg Rogers, a visiting commercial beekeeper, discussing brood enhancement. Saskaraz honeybee - hive inspection
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Haywood County Beekeepers Chapter of the NC  State Beekeepers Association
Home Board Members Bee Educated Bee Gardens Apiaries HCBC Events Vendors Resources Location