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We had a successful beginner’s bee school and OTS Queen Rearing seminar. Thanks to all that were involved to make it a great day.
We installed three packages of bee last week and the queen is already out of her cage and beginning to lay her brood nest. While I was in that particular bee yard I check on a hive. To my surprise I found several queen cell with larva in them. YIKES could have lost a swarm, but not now. We remove all the cell and place them into nucs with plenty of bees. Now instead of one hive I now have six out of that one. Oh well. With the rain that is planned this week we are sure to hear of a lot of swarms taken place. Let me encourage to be on top of your hive, checking for swarm cells. I was in that hive just three week ago and was not expecting the result I saw. It pays to be proactive with your bees.
Our first honey flow is just a few weeks in front of us, so get them supers ready to go on in the next few days.
I am still looking for a few beekeepers to volunteer at the NCSBA meeting in July. If you are interested shoot me an email at email@example.com
We will be offering the certify exam on May 5th at the Haywood County Extension Center in Waynesville. The time will be at 5:30pm. You must be a member of the NCSBA to take the exam. Bring your membership number with you.