Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association

Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association This is the official page for the Montgomery County Beekeepers Chapter, a member of the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.

We meet every first Tuesday of the month at the First Bank Conference Room on N Main Street, Troy, NC 27371

Operating as usual

09/06/2021

It's time to talk about our many species of blooming goldenrod (Solidago), but before we do that, here is a good look at ragweed vs. goldenrod. Both bloom at the same time but ragweed has green flowers while goldenrod has bright yellow flowers. Ragweed's flowers are full of lightweight pollen that is picked up by the wind, causing allergies. Goldenrod's flowers have pollen that is heavy and carried by insects. They often grow together on roadsides.

07/10/2021

If anyone sends you a picture of a flying insect and asks if it's a honey bee, you can now send them this highly scientific and comprehensive guide to all yellow stripey things.

We had FUN last night, plan to join us in August, we meet the third Thursday of the month 6:00 pm. Photo credit to Jessi...
06/18/2021

We had FUN last night, plan to join us in August, we meet the third Thursday of the month 6:00 pm. Photo credit to Jessica Hamilton.

We had a learning experience about extracting honey at our Bee Meeting!
06/18/2021

We had a learning experience about extracting honey at our Bee Meeting!

Mr. Calvin Terry sharing with us about extracting honey1
06/17/2021

Mr. Calvin Terry sharing with us about extracting honey1

Mr. Calvin Terry sharing with us about extracting honey1

03/10/2021

10 days until Spring! Are you ready?

03/06/2021

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Sugar Bowls??? Just another way to feed your bees.
03/02/2021
Sugar Bowls??? Just another way to feed your bees.

Sugar Bowls??? Just another way to feed your bees.

Flatwoods Bee Farm: March 1, 2021. In this video, I demonstrate yet another way to feed your colonies in late winter.#flatwoodsbeefarm#chemicalfreebeekeeping...

Please share! We are trying to raise funds for our JL Scholarship fund to encourage new beekeepers. Thank you!
03/02/2021

Please share! We are trying to raise funds for our JL Scholarship fund to encourage new beekeepers. Thank you!

Please share! We are trying to raise funds for our JL Scholarship fund to encourage new beekeepers. Thank you!

Beekeepers, Don't forget to register with Eventbrite to join the meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00pm. Register by 10:00 a...
02/17/2021

Beekeepers, Don't forget to register with Eventbrite to join the meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00pm. Register by 10:00 am on Thursday! Please share!

Beekeepers, Don't forget to register with Eventbrite to join the meeting tomorrow evening at 6:00pm. Register by 10:00 am on Thursday! Please share!

Photos from Front Porch on Main's post
02/13/2021

Photos from Front Porch on Main's post

02/13/2021

Gonna bee a tough week on the hives.
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Mark your calendar's!
01/28/2021
Beekeeping Webinars From the NC State Apiculture Program

Mark your calendar's!

Honey bee queen laying eggs. Photo by Debbie Roos. The NC State University Apiculture Program will hold monthly Hive Chats on the last Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. These beekeeping webinars will feature expert presenters and also allow participants to engage by asking questions. To maintain con...

Appin Bees
01/19/2021

Appin Bees

Bees have 5 eyes
Bees are insects, so they have 6 legs
Male bees in the hive are called drones
Bees fly about 20 mph
Female bees in the hive (except the queen) are called worker bees
Number of eggs laid by queen: 2,000 per day is the high
Losing its stinger will cause a bee to die
Bees have been here about 30 million years!
Bees carry pollen on their hind legs in a pollen basket or corbicula
An average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees
Foragers must collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of honey
The average forager makes about 1/12 th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
Average per capita honey consumption in the US is 1.3 pounds
Bees have 2 pairs of wings
The principal form of communication among honey bees is through chemicals called pheromones
Bees are important because they pollinate approximately 130 agricultural crops in the US including fruit, fiber, nut, and vegetable crops. Bee pollination adds approximately 14 billion dollars annually to improved crop yield and quality

NC History
01/11/2021

NC History

January 11th

ON THIS DAY in North Carolina historyโ€ฆ

1917
Bees. Unless we get stung by one, we tend to ignore them. However, bees and their byproducts honey and beeswax have been a part of North Carolinaโ€™s economy since at least 1697. It is that year beehives first appear in state inventories.

It is interesting that it is beeswax, rather than honey, that is the primary export and exchange item. Sugar, from the Caribbean, is being introduced to the colonies and is replacing honey as the preferred method of sweetening food and beverages.

The Moravians, meticulous record keepers, report that Governor Tryon ordered six beehives on his visit to their community in 1767.

By 1800 cultivated bees have become relatively common in the eastern part of the state and are spreading westward. North Carolina has one of the most extensive collections of cultivated beehives in the new United States.

Finally, ON THIS DAY in 1917, the beekeepers organize, after ten years of meetings and planning. The most significant impediment is the fact no beekeeper is working at the state level. However, in 1916 an agreement is reached between the U.S. Dept of Agriculture and the N.C. State Extension Service to employ a beekeeping specialist for the state. With that person in place, the following year, North Carolinaโ€™s beekeepers meet in Winston-Salem. The total attendance at the meeting was over 150 and, according to their own history, probably represented about 6,000 colonies of honey bees. From this session, about 40 beekeepers started the N.C. State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) with annual dues of $1.00 per beekeeper.

Today, the NCSBA is the largest state beekeeping association in the United States, with over 70 of North Carolinaโ€™s counties having organized chapters within the state organization. Want to learn more?

They have a web page at:
http://www.ncbeekeepers.org/

And a page at:
https://www.facebook.com/ncbeekeepers

~Kevin E. Spencer, Author, North Carolina Expatriates

Pictured:
-North Carolina State Beekeepers Association
-North Carolina Save the Honey Bee License Plate.

Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association
12/28/2020

Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association

Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association's cover photo
12/28/2020

Montgomery County NC Beekeepers Association's cover photo

Thankful this group has agreed to be Officer's again in 2021! Wishing for a better year with great Beekeeping Speakers!
12/19/2020

Thankful this group has agreed to be Officer's again in 2021! Wishing for a better year with great Beekeeping Speakers!

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Montgomery County
11/23/2020

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Montgomery County

Our 4-H Greenery is here and smells so good! Itโ€™s not too late to get yours ordered. We have some trees and wreaths left for sale. Come see us at 203 West Main Street, Troy. We are here until 6:30 PM on Monday and 8 AM - 5 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. All proceeds support our 4-H kids!

We are learning in our Beginning Beekeepers Class at MCC!
10/21/2020

We are learning in our Beginning Beekeepers Class at MCC!

Thank you Mark Smith for sharing about Resource Hives!
10/16/2020

Thank you Mark Smith for sharing about Resource Hives!

08/11/2020
07/31/2020

Looks like another Eventbrite meeting again in August...More info to come.

Anyone seen any orange propolis lately?
07/30/2020

Anyone seen any orange propolis lately?

07/04/2020

Are honeybees invading your pool? See helpful comments below! Beekeepers please add suggestions.

Bee Friendly
07/01/2020

Bee Friendly

Sunday sentiment... ๐Ÿ friendly!

#beefriendly #home #family #life

Appin Bees
06/27/2020

Appin Bees

US honeybees are doing better after bad year, survey shows
06/24/2020
US honeybees are doing better after bad year, survey shows

US honeybees are doing better after bad year, survey shows

American honeybee colonies have bounced back after a bad year, the annual beekeeping survey finds. Beekeepers only lost 22.2% of their colonies this past winter, from Oct. 1 to March 31,...

Bee Friendly
06/14/2020

Bee Friendly

Just lovely... ๐ŸŒฑ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ˜Š

#beefriendly #life #flowers #pollinators

Thank you Honeybees!
06/12/2020

Thank you Honeybees!

Beekeepers, get excited. . . National Pollinator Week is fast approaching!
06/11/2020
National Pollinator Week planned for June 22-28

Beekeepers, get excited. . . National Pollinator Week is fast approaching!

WASHINGTON -- The next time you snack on almonds, add blueberries to your smoothie or eat pumpkin pie, thank a pollinator and the farmers, ranchers...

Beekeepers Natural HONEY
06/11/2020

Beekeepers Natural HONEY

Another loved by bees is Rosemary. โค๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
What do bees love in your garden ?

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I invite you to read the second edition of my book " My Happy Bees". From the links at the end of this post you can buy my book, and from the very last link you can DOWNLOAD THE BOOK FOR FREE. Although the book describes many interesting practical techniques, however, all this is not the main thing. The most important thing in the book an unusual idea, an unusual reason for conducting beekeeping. (The most important thing is the bee and the world around it, the honey will always be there. Please note that the reason for conducting beekeeping is not in the extraction of honey, but to preserve the nature around us with the help of bees. Harmony and the bee is primary, with honey will always be in abundance.) This idea is fundamentally changing the relationship between beekeeper and bee, filling their relationship with mutual love and respect. Gives the beekeeper an opportunity to feel involved in bee magic. Fills beekeeper heart with meaning and the joy of being alive. This feeling warms the heart and pleases the soul. I believe that when this idea prevails among beekeepers, our World, our Earth as a whole will be happier and kinder. I sincerely want our Planet to become better, and our World to become warmer, kinder and more harmonious. The first review of the second edition of my book was published on the Amazon website in the UK. And he is valuable because he wrote this review beekeeper. Here is his opinion about my book: "Very interesting . A refreshing look at bees with some innovative yet common sense ideas. I read this as a beekeeper and shall incorporate this knowledge into my care regime."( https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer-reviews/R1BJM9M627T6ST/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07DWZTBQY) A good review was left on the Australian Amazon website, apparently by a local beekeeper. That's what he wrote: "Persuasive augument from a careful and thoughtful beekeeper that spur the reader on to practise what was learned. A highly recommended reading for all aspiring and even seasoned beekeepers. Well presented and well reasoned conclusion not found in beekeeping guide books." (https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/customer-reviews/RSYP6AXLG376U/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07DWZTBQY) Here is another review of the second edition of my book from my dear reader, Rick Warner "Iโ€™ve read the book, great read. The parts at interest me the most is finding the perfect place to place your bees, and the way that you feed them to make them strong. Peter has a way of bring you in to his garden and his happy bees are there to enjoy. This is a book that youโ€™ll want to read over and over. Written from the heart of a true beekeeper. Peter changes the way we see bees and the world around us. Thank you Peter for sharing your knowledge and writing it down for generations to read." (https://www.facebook.com/PR.Grayman/posts/1359660420840154) I am pleased to receive such reviews, because they reflect the essence of my book and give me a pleasant feeling of usefulness of my Work and hope that there will be more Happy Bees in the world. US- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DWZTBQY UK- https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07DWZTBQY DE- https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07DWZTBQY FR- https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B07DWZTBQY ES- https://www.amazon.es/dp/B07DWZTBQY IT- https://www.amazon.it/dp/B07DWZTBQY NL- https://www.amazon.nl/dp/B07DWZTBQY JP- https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B07DWZTBQY BR- https://www.amazon.com.br/dp/B07DWZTBQY CA- https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07DWZTBQY MX- https://www.amazon.com.mx/dp/B07DWZTBQY AU- https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07DWZTBQY IN- https://www.amazon.in/dp/B07DWZTBQY US- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DWZTBQY You can download the book for free. To do so, click on this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Zm3Ofcivucm4VFgSLBcHK0gP1RPOx7ni/view?usp=sharing and then follow any necessary prompts. It's Google Drive. I give access the file manually. Sometimes you have to wait a little while. I hope you understand. I am happy to share my book with you. Best regards, Peter Grayman.
I hope that events can be postponed instead of canceled, and that the bees continue to be alright. I watched this fantastic documentary online about why bees are going extinct called More Than Honey yesterday, and I learned so much from it! Hives and bees from around the world are shot in incredible detail, so much that it provides the opportunity for viewers to learn a ton about bees that pros might already know. I didnโ€™t know that almonds canโ€™t grow without being pollinated by bees until watching! This documentary is online on filmfestivalflix, which houses a number of different film collections, from Mountain and Adventure Film Festival, to Kino Lorber Film Festival (which More Than Honey is on). As someone who loves nature docs, this site has some awesome, artful and interesting picks
HEADS UP FOLKS.........Hey, just a heads up. I saw spent petals from Tulip Poplar on the ground today. Couldn't see the actual blooms on the tree, but the evidence that they will burst soon is on the ground. I recorded that they leafed out on March 19. From leaf out to bloom should be 20 days (which would be April 7, but we are living in crazy times!!!!!! I'm getting supers on TODAY!!
Are you curious about honey shows? Do you want to learn how to be a more competitive honey show exhibitor? Do you want to how to put together a honey show for your local beekeeping club? Do you just want to learn an exciting and challenging new skill? The Welsh Honey Judge Program can help you with all of these! Welsh Honey Judge training is available at a variety of venues throughout the southeast this year. All of the following events offer training in the Welsh system or method, and all of these programs offer full reciprocity from one to another. Upcoming training events with dates, locations, and links follow: Feb. 29. South Carolina Beekeepers Association Spring Conference. Columbia, SC. Welsh Honey Judge Training and Honey Show (initial training & certification only). This is the first time the Welsh Honey Judge training and certification has been offered in South Carolina! It will be taught by Senior Welsh Honey Judges, Steve Genta and Brutz English. Register here. Mar. 20-21. HONEY Convention. Knoxville, TN. Welsh Honey Judge Training and Honey Show (initial training & certification only). This is the first time the Welsh Honey Judge training and certification has been offered in Tennessee! It will be taught by Senior Welsh Honey Judges, Michael Young MBE, Brutz English, and Marilynn Parker. Register here. May 13-15. Young Harris-UGA Beekeeping Institute. Welsh Honey Judge Training and Honey Show (all certification levels). Come learn and master the craft of judging apicultural produce at the oldest, continuously-run honey judge training and certification program in North America. It will be taught by Senior Welsh Honey Judges Brutz English, Mary Cahill-Roberts, and Marilynn Parker. Register here. Aug. 20-21. Univ. of Florida, Bee College. Gainesville, FL. Honey Judge Training and Honey Show. Program specifics TBA. More information here. Questions about any of these events may be addressed to the following individuals: Regarding Georgia and Tennessee, Brutz English at [email protected] Regarding South Carolina, Steve Genta at [email protected] Regarding Florida, Jennifer Holmes at [email protected]
Again this year I will have extremely high quality 5 frame nucs available for pick up April 4th (weather dependant). They will have a 020 Carolina raised queen, 3+ brood frames and remaining frames will be honey and pollen. Overwintered queens available upon request at no additional charge. $175 each. Please feel free to contact me with your orders or questions. Bulk discounts available. Thanks, Bryan
I just saw a post by someone named Cynthia Hayes Luther on One Man's Junk Montgomery County looking for local honey, in case anyone has some to sell. The post was made Thursday.
Hello. I currently live in Holly Springs. I purchased some property in Montgomery County where I hope to start the next phase of my life. My hope is to raise honey bees and participate in local meetings.
This fall Cindy and I took Shirley Harris' Intermediate Beekeeping Class at MCC. During one of the meetings Shirley gave out samples of "Bee Culture's BEEKeeping Your First Three Years" magazine. Since we are still in our first year of keeping bees, I decided to subscribe. Our first issue arrived yesterday. As I sat down to look through it this evening I found this on page 41:
Thinking about a bee school in the spring? Here are some questions you should ask, and information you need BEFORE you sign up for any bee school.
Just shared this to NC Beekeepers, but wanted to check here and see if any of you have an idea of what type of insect these are. When I first saw them it was just after the hard rain this pm, and they were covering the hive and stand. The bees just walk over them as you can see in the video. I just want to make sure they will not harm my girls. thanks...
Hello, my family and I are building our homestead and we have a love for all things nature and trying to do anything we can to help the environment and endangered species. We've done lots of reading on bees and their importance in our ecosystem (we also home school) and we'd like to offer space on our 4 acres for a bee hive. We dont know anything about keeping bees but would love to offer up a lil piece of our home to help the bees and to also help all our plants to thrive here and we need bees for that. So I was hoping you may be interested or may know of a bee keeper who'd be interested in placing a bee hive here on our property. We're located in Star, however we're technically closer to Robbins NC. Thank you for your time
WOW what an afternoon. Bruce and I are proud of ourselves. This spring being the beginning of our 2nd year of beekeeping, and today we caught our first swarm. The swarm was on a corner fence post near the other three hives. It was bigger than a basketball and has filled up an 8 frame hive box. We had a nuc, but knew when we started it was not going to be big enough. So back to the house and got the 8 frame hive that was to be an extra should we need it. All our hives are 10 frame. After brushing the second box full, using as a funnel, I guess we got the queen. Then I was reminded of the song, "When the Saints Go Marching In. That is what it was like. All the girls just marched right in the hive. So cool to watch. We were thankful for a member of our Montgomery Co Beekeepers Assoc gave us some drawn out comb that bees have used before. That helped entice them to go in, along with spraying the new wax with sugar water. As newbies we do not have any extra comb, or honey stores in comb. That will change. We checked them at dark, all bees are in and the entrance reducer is in and at a minimal opening. We put a pine limb in front of the hive and a couple of twigs of pine at the entrance. The bees will move the entrance pieces, and remember the pine branch and use it for reference as being their new home. We hope we did all correct. We did make a call to our Mentor first and got his advice. We thank Lance Hardin for his advice, and Buck Lewis for supplies given to us that made a big difference we feel. After all is done, I got stung only twice. I had bee suit and gloves on. Bruce, who never wears gloves, had his suit on. My first swipe to get the bees off the post went on Bruce's hand and he got stung 5 or 6 times. Then he put the gloves on. My fault or his? LOL. Thanking the good Lord for success with our first swarm. Believe me, I was praying the entire time. In Jesus name, Thank you. More to do in a day or two. For now. Let all settle. Going to get COLD again and rain. Hope we can keep them from dying. We were taught by March 1, this could happen. Well, that is tomorrow. ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ