Monthly Minutes

RBC Meeting Wed 11 July 2018
Attendees: 26 plus 5 visitors from Helensville Primary School
Apologies: John Craig, Keith (in Mongolia), Mark R (in England), Glenys C, Brendon, Kyle
Minutes of Previous Meeting are on website. Note: ½ inch is 12.5 mm (not 25mm per Minutes).

Questions re hives/Comments
Keep checking hives for stores. Feed in the warm part of day.
Wasps go for weak hives. Put weak hive on top of strong hive with Queen excluder between. Smoke them down well before moving them (use dry, pine needles, cram packed) – wasps will exit quickly. This encourages sharing of stores between hives.
Note: keep bee entrance near where your bee cluster is – no point having it far from them!
Next month feed 1:1 to stimulate them, and Feed Bee

There’s a guy around who pays you (about $100) to remove wasp nests! Ph John Easton 02040079983 Steven T said you can partially freeze a wasp, then tie its leg with cotton, release it and follow it back to it’s hive!
Camelia flowers are excellent food for bees in Winter. Gleditsia good now too. (Tagatasi flowers in August.) There is a website you can look up for protein value of various pollens.

Apiary Report. Hive 1 has been reduced, other hive are in 2 boxes each & all doing well. Richard will check them in a couple of weeks, or this Saturday. Check with Peter if you are keen to join in the inspection. Ensure it’s warm when you open boxes – conserve heat.

Auction of Painted Bee Boxes
8 painted boxes up for auction. Money from sale of these boxes is for Helensville Primary School’s playground gear. One of the artists, Daisy, attended along with her parents and 2 PTA members, Kim & Cara. The School gave the Club a Thank You Certificate. Thanks to auctioneer Bruce Burgess for being our auctioneer.
Winners of each auction were:
1st pair – $106 Ed & Nicola Donald See photo attached.
2nd pair – $120 Rambod & Beibei Paid cash
1 single box – $70 Adrienne (& David) – bright spots & stripes Paid cash
1 single box – $100 David (&Adrienne) – bright stripes
1 single box – $65 Vicky
1 single box – $70 Craig & Tracy
TOTAL of $531 Well done everyone. Thanks for supporting a great cause.
Please pay cash to Jo tonight or to Club online. A cheque will be written to School.
When these hives are up and running (hopefully in October) please take a photo so they can be sent to the school.

Peter Talk.
He recently spoke at the Warkworth Club which currently has 97 paid up members. It is an incorporated society. Membership is $100 with a subsidy for those DECA -qualified.
Foul brood dangerous in Spring. We are in a high-risk area so be vigilant. ApiVar this Spring.
Blind-frame trapping reduces mite infestation – and becomes a good source of wax.
10 day cycle check over Spring is good. Peter does 7 day checks eg every Monday. Wasps tend to only go for weak hives. It’s good to have some drones in a hive – maybe 17%.

Steve Thomas showed us a new hive base he has designed & made out of stainless steel. Will sell for about $30. Many advantages with this design. He’s open to design-suggestions.

Meeting closed about 9.00pm

Apologies; Rambod, BeiBei, Vicki, Noel, Sam, Keith, Brendon
Welcome to new members
Minutes are now available on our website members- only page
Membership fees are due $35.00 per person/family
Card is available to paid members who can access members only section of website
Notes/General discussion
Richard has removed the hive doctor bases from the club hives
Eight hive supers that have been painted by Helensville Primary School students will be up for auction at the July meeting (Wed 11 July). This is a good fundraiser for the school with funds raised going towards a long awaited playground.
Hives should all now be wintered down. Entrances should be closed down with a ½ inch (25mm) opening. This allows the bees to control the entrance against robbers. Hives should be propped slightly at the back to allow any condensation to get away.
Make sure your bees have adequate Winter stores.
Mites over Winter can be treated with Apiguard which works down at quite low temperatures.
Hive losses over Winter can be due to moth infestations in hives weakened by varroa.
Feeding bees; there is a seaweed additive (Agrisea) for adding to sugar syrup available from Ceracell and Ecrotek. Feed in the afternoon, 2 part sugar to 1 part water, don’t have hives open too long in the cold air. Feeding syrup into top feeders in the rain means bees will stay inside and not venture out to rob other hives. The seaweed additive will soon be available in the Club shop.
Clifton King has taken over from Rex Baynes ( Clifton has worked in micro biology and has a good understanding of AFB. DECA courses are run throughout the country (see Peter asks how many hives have been destroyed due to other pathogens and PMS and not AFB. The DECA course does teach proper identification of AFB and other similar diseases that can present in a similar fashion to AFB. A hive must be infected with 50 million AFB spores before it will take hold. Regular checks of brood chambers for problems is recommended. Changing out frames and discarding old frames will keep spore numbers down.
A surcharge will be applied to supplies in the Club Store.
Queens; the Spring Richard will be doing grafting. Please contact Richard if you would like to take part in a Queen grafting working group.
Kyle to speak on Queen Rearing at the next Club meeting.
There were some problems with Autumn Queens. Some disappeared or became drone layers. Discard frames with drone comb if you discover you have a drone layer. Drone comb is characteristically larger than worker comb.
The club is to look into stocking full plastic frames.
Feedbee is a pollen substitute for larvae.
Kyle is interested in forming a working group to research and propagate trees for bees across the region.
Brian is happy with the results of his oxalic acid/glycerine mite treatment but wants to see how his bees are overwintered before commenting.
Meeting end




Rodney Beekeepers Club
AGM 10 May 2018
Apologies; Leonie McNab, Paul & Alison Evans
Welcome to new members
General Business
Five cell carriers are still missing. Could these please be returned to the club as soon as possible in readiness for the new season.
Everyone should now have their honey off and mite treatments in for Winter. Close hive entrances down and prop slightly forward to allow condensation to run out of the hive.
Some members have been worried that their queens have stopped laying. Carniolans, when food is scarce can cease to lay and do not carry large hive populations over Winter.
Loss of hives to wax moth. Either treatments were not early enough or not good enough. A mite strike causes hive numbers to shrink and get cold. Wax moth then moves in and rapidly ruins frames. Wax moth has been especially prevalent this year.
Wasps and wax moth take hold in weakened hives.
Little or no nectar has been coming in since December. Feed 2:1 sugar syrup, allow them to store. Feed small amounts as less bees cannot condense large amounts of syrup and excess can cause mould in a hive.
Oxalic acid (a most efficient mite killer) and glycerine mite treatments are being trialled at the moment as are experiments with oxalic and different mediums to carry it.
Follow formic acid treatments with Apiguard.
Membership Fees are now due ($30.00 for a year)
Club account – See member’s only page
Richard S who has taken over from Steve S as apiary officer gave us an update on the club apiary hives. Richard will be swapping out the hive doc bases for wood as wood is warmer over Winter.
There will be more apiary field days in the Spring. Over the Winter it’s best not to have hives open to the colder air for long periods.
It seems to be beneficial to have a thicker hive mat (inner lid).
CHECKS to remember: deformed wing, mould, close bases, tip hives slightly forward
Peter showed us hive protective paints that have been brought out in a range of colours attractive to bees and may decrease hive drift. See peter for info.
Vicki has organised a school fundraiser with 8 hive supers to be painted by the children. The supers will be auctioned off at the July club meeting and proceeds will go towards funding a senior playground at Helensville Primary School.
President’s notes
Thanks to Bruce and Jo for holding some lovely apiary days and BBQ’s over the past Summer. We didn’t host a lot of guest speakers this year but we did have some interesting and informative club nights. Thanks to Alison and Paul for some wonderful honey products, tasting, and extremely good mead. The club hopes to get a speaker to talk about courses that go beyond what a club can provide. Greg Harrington (Taratahi Agri training College, Certificate in Apiculture), Certificate in Apiculture (distance learning at Telford) – Vicki is presently finding the course extremely good.
Call for Club Admin positions: President, Secretary, Treasurer, Apiary Officer, Web tech, Storeman, Committee.
Nominations for President Jo Burgess nominates Peter McNab, second Ian Black (unanimous)(Peter accepts)
Nominations for Secretary Peter Mcnab nominates Glenys Carr, second Nicola Donald (Glenys accepts)
Nominations for Treasurer Bruce Burgess nominates Jo Burgess, second Ian Harris (unanimous) (Jo accepts)
Nominations for Apiary Manager Peter McNab nominates Richard Stevens, second Ed Donald (unanimous) (Richard accepts). Richard asks for contact numbers for apiary team.
Nominations for Committee
Bruce Burgess nominated by Peter McNab, second Heather May
Glenys Carr nominated by Ian Harris, second Bruce Burgess
Kyle Atkinson nominated by Jo Burgess, second Peter McNab
Terry Carter and Sam Tuitahi were voted on to the committee in absentia. (Terry and Sam to advise the Committee)
Jon Craib appointed as Web tech
Glenys Carr agrees to carry on with the Club store
Thanks to all outgoing Committee and welcome to the new incoming Committee
AGM Closed