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This is the official website for the Lincoln CountyBeekeepers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of honey bees and to the fields of beekeeping, apiculture, research, and education.


We are a diverse bunch of individuals who share a fascination for the honey bee and its workings. Our members range from full-time beekeepers and pollinators with thousands of hives to hobbyists involved in back-yard beekeeping. Some members do not even keep bees, but are fascinated by the six legs and four wings of Apis mellifera.


This web site offers opportunities for visitors to learn, communicate or become acquainted with the products and services we offer. By clicking the buttons to the left you can ask a question, join in on discussions with beekeepers on the forum, find out when beekeeping events and class will take place, read our past newsletters or find out the time and location of beekeeper meetings near you.

 

Lincoln County Beekeepers April 11, 2013 meeting

Wax rendering by Wesley Voight, Jr.

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Feed the hive


Using a queen ring will provide the extra space needed for the fondant. You can also use a use a queen ring and put a damp newspaper on top of the frames and pour granulated sugar on top. The bees will eat through the paper above the cluster.

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Speaker - Richard Flanagan


Skeps, old world style of keeping bees
Bee lining, how to track bees back to the hive

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Recommended reading

Bee Hunting by John Ready Lockard

(click on the title to read the book)

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Fondant for bees

from Bob Blackwell

10 lbs. sugar
3 cups water
2 tablespoons white vinegar

In a large sauce pan stir the water and sugar until it is in solution. Bring the temperature to 242 to 243 degrees. Turn off the heat and let cool. Don't try to help it and let it get to 180 to 190 degrees. Then take the electric mixer to incorporate air. Use 3 aluminum pans, spray with PAM (canola oil) and spoon in the fondant keeping in mind bee space. Score the hot fondant with a knife so you can split into smaller pieces. Let it set over night and take out of the pan the next day.

A normal colony will eat one block per week. They will only eat it if they need it and they will not store it.

Start feeding at the end of December.

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Mega bee brand pollen substitute is the most popular by the bees

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Check mite plus

Take a small piece a corrugated cardboard and split it down the middle. Cut out a small section of the corrugation and put check mite plus inside and then tape the cardboard back together leaving the corrugated ends open for the mites to enter. You can put it on top of the frames and check it every so often to clean out the dead mites.

Must use nitrate gloves and not touch this with your skin.

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Treat for Nosema

Wet the bees with medication using a soup can with holes in the bottom.


10 oz sugar water 1:1
1/8 tablespoon of Fumagilin-B bee

60 deg plus days or you will chill your bees
2 treatments 10 days apart