Nucs Update

Nucs

All of the nucs the club facilitates for its members have been purchased.  Keep an eye on this space for updates.  If you need to buy bees, we have compiled a list of suppliers.

Nucs should arrive in May.  If you are willing to provide space for nucs when they arrive in Ithaca, please email Shelley Stuart.

The Club does not buy back nucs, so if you find that you no longer need a nuc, post a note to the Club’s mailing list and you will probably find someone willing to buy your nuc from you.


Please remember that you will need return the nuc boxes in which Wixon’s transports the bees. (The club will coordinate nuc box returns.)

2012 Geneva Bee Conference

GBC mascotThe 2012 Geneva Bee Conference (GBC) is on March 24th in the Vandervoort Room in the Scandling Campus Center on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in Geneva, New York.  For information on how to get to the college, click on the ‘Directions’ link on the left.

The speakers for the 2012 GBC are Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi and Prof. Tom Seeley.

Date: Saturday, March 24th
Time: 9am-5pm
Place: The Vandervort Room in the Scandling Campus Center, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Parking: Medbery Parking Lot
Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Capaldi and Prof. Tom Seeley
Cost: Free ($10 donation per person suggested)

 

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Nucs 2012

NucsNucs may be ordered through FLBC by current members only. We are not a reseller of nucs, but try to provide a service for our members, especially those new to beekeeping who may not know how to order nucs. If you need to renew or join, you may send your $10 membership fee together with the check for the nuc(s). Please read the information below so that you understand the process.

Nucs will cost $90 per nuc this year . You will need return the nuc boxes in which Wixon’s transports the bees. (The club will coordiante both nuc pickups and nuc box returns.)

The check reserves the nuc. First to pay are first on the list. We always sell out, so get your check to us quickly!  Make a check payable to Finger Lakes Beekeepers and mail it to the treasurer:

Marjorie Pryse
1 Pembroke Lane
Ithaca, NY  14850



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November Meeting

The November 20 meeting of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club will be the final one of the year.

If you can’t attend the State Association Meeting, you will especially want to attend the local one, because I have invited Liane Newton and Jim Fischer to talk to our group about New York City beekeeping, following their presentation in Syracuse on Saturday.

The meeting will be Sunday, November 20, 2011 at ONE O’CLOCK instead of the usual 2 PM, so that they can get an early start home.

Also, I will be organizing a dinner out with them on Saturday evening, if anyone wants to join us let me know.

Peter Loring Borst

September Meeting at CNC

September 18th Meeting at the Cayuga Nature Center

At 1 pm, we will hold an officers meeting of the FLBC at the Cayuga Nature Center Lodge. The meeting is open to all. The agenda will include planning for upcoming events. Program topics will also be discussed, including raising nucleus colonies.

At 2:00 pm, weather permitting, we will hold a hive inspection in the club apiary. The potential fall crop will be examined, and wintering needs discussed.

The general membership meeting and program will begin at 3 pm at the Cayuga Nature Center Lodge. Marjorie will give a Treasury Report, dues will be accepted, nuc deposits refunded. If you still have your nuc boxes, bring them to the meeting.

The Cayuga Nature Center is located at 1420 Taughannock Blvd., Ithaca. To get to the club hives, turn on Garrett Rd (just before the CNC, coming from Ithaca), then another right on Houghton Rd. Turn into the parking area near the hives on the right.

Mite-Away Quick Strips

PRESS RELEASE New York Registration of Mite-Away Quick Strips

May 9, 2011
The State of New York has granted registration for Mite Away Quick Strips (MAQS) for the control of varroa mites. Please note that the Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Pest Management requires that beekeepers residing in New York ONLY PURCHASE MAQS PRODUCT THAT CONTAINS THE WORD POISON IN RED. This is a modification to the initial EPA granted label. Dadant in Waverly, NY will be receiving properly labelled product the week of May 16th.
The revised labelling will gradually become available to additional distributors over the next few weeks. Be sure to notify your beekeeping supply company that you are a resident of New York before purchasing MAQS so that they send you the legally labelled product. NOD Apiary Products apologizes for any inconvenience. We are glad to see New York grant the registration for MAQS. Please visit www.miteaway.com<http://www.miteaway.com/> for responses to frequently asked questions, the label in larger print, and a 2-minute application video. You can also call toll-free 866-483-2929 or email details@miteaway.com. Please only use any varroa control product as part of an IPM program. Our best wishes go out to all for a successful 2011 beekeeping season. Liz Corbett
NOD Apiary Products USA Inc.

 

 

Information for New Beekeepers

Our April 16th class for new beekeepers was quite a hit–65 participants spent the day learning about keeping bees and building equipment. But for those of you who missed it–or want more–here are a few downloads that can help:

 

 

More information coming soon, including a write up of the workshop, who’s catching swarms this year, and nuc deliveries.

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Nucs 2011

Nucs may be ordered through FLBC by current members only. We are not a reseller of nucs, but try to provide a service for our members, especially those new to beekeeping who may not know how to order nucs. If you need to renew or join, you may send your $10 membership fee together with the check for the nuc(s). Please read the information below so that you understand the process.

Here’s the short instruction on how to reserve your nuc or nucs:


Please get a check (made out to Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club) to Marjorie Pryse, 1 Pembroke Lane, Ithaca 14850. Her email address is treasurer@flbeeclub.com.


Each nuc costs $106: $85 for the nuc, $20 deposit for the nuc box (which you’ll get back, if you return it), and $1 to defray the club’s driving expense.

The check reserves the nuc. First to pay are first on the list. We always sell out, so get your check to us quickly!

And the long story of the process:

Northern beekeepers have been buying nucleus colonies (nucs) from the southern states to replenish dead outs and to start new colonies since the 1930s.  The Finger Lakes Beekeeping Club has been purchasing nucs from Wixson Honey, Inc. for at least six years. These bees are produced by Chuck Kutik, a NY commercial beekeeper who produces them in the Carolinas to transport them up for distribution by Jerry, owner of Wixson Honey. Kutik has been selecting bees that are hygienic and in our experience build well & produce well in our area. The advantage of the nuc over a package is that you get a laying queen with frames of brood along with lots of workers!

Every year the club starts by poling attendees at the January meeting to estimate our yearly order. This year we have ordered 40 nucs for purchase by the club for distribution to members paying in advance. FLBC collects money and writes a single check to allow one (or two) truck(s) to make our pickup saving us all gas. The nucs are brought back to Ithaca area for distribution. Remember to get your check in to Marjorie made out to Finger Lakes Beekeepers to reserve your nucs. First to pay are the first on the list.

Here is how it works!  You place an order by sending the Treasurer a check–which covers the cost of the nuc, deposit on the box and a small fee to help cover the gas for the  truck driver bringing the bees to the distribution point. This years cost is—$85 per nuc plus a $20 deposit on the nuc box–Chuck would really like his nuc boxes back! Plus add $1.00 for each nuc you order to assist with transportation cost.  So 1=$106, 2=$212, 3=$318 etc. Remember the $20 deposit is returned to you when YOU get the nuc box back to Wixson’s.

We never really know when the bees will arrive because of changing weather but we do get little news snippets from Jerry or e-mails from Kutik’s group. Every year for the past few years bees have arrived the first or second week of May. When the bees arrive a call goes out for the pick-up, which triggers a FLBC call to each and everyone who ordered. Thus you will be called to inform you that bees will be arriving at the predetermined  distribution location and encouraging you to meet the truck or set up an evening to come by for your bees.

If you have never moved bees, or nucs, this is what occurs. I always hope for cool weather because cool weather settles the bees. Moving these nucs will either happen if it’s cool or usually commences at dust/dark. So the truck will pick up all the nucs usually at dusk or when all the bees have stopped flight. So the nucs will arrive at the distribution destination just after dark!  You can come when they arrive or usually can schedule with the hosting beekeeper at Ithaca distribution destination to pick them up some evening later that week or the following weekend.  Stay tuned for details provided at meetings.

You will take your nuc(s) home & place them near or at the point of installation to let them settle. Then the next warm afternoon, ASAP, move them over into you production equipment. You are then responsible for returning the nuc boxes to Wixson to get your deposit back. Often people in the club band together to get a large number of these boxes returned saving trips to Dundee.  For example, in the past I have bought up boxes at club meetings (for the deposit price) so the next time I’m over there getting containers I can return a truck load!

Finally–this service is to help new beekeepers or small beekeepers as such we limit orders to a total of 5 nucs per.  If you have had bees for a few years or if your big enough –you should place a separate order for your business!

I’m sure we will talk about nucs at our March meeting or at the beginner class in April.  The FLBC discussion board is also a great place to get answers!

 

Nucs

The nucs will arrive this week so here’s info on how to find them.
I live at 3166 Perry City Road, which is between highways 89 and 96.  The easiest way to get here is take 96 north out of Ithaca towards Jacksonville (if you get to Jacksonville, you’ve missed us!!). Go about 6 miles, Perry City Road is  just past the Rascal’s Bar.  Turn right, back down toward Cayuga Lake; we’re down 3/4 mile on the left (north side of road).
We’ll post a message here when they arrive and please let me know when you are coming out to get them (387-9603).

Barb DeWall