See what Jim and Cindy's spring sling day consists of. See what it takes to get honey from the hive to the honey house and into settling bucket. You are welcome to come see and help. Just let them know ahead of time so they can accommodate you.
Swarm photos submitted by SIBA beekeepers.
A trip through one of Garry's apiaries to split hives in to nucs. We made 18 on this day, and he made 10 the day before.
Cut out the floor of a second floor bedroom to get bees out. The power went out midway through, so we needed to get a generator for the bee vac.
Jason presented an observation hive, a short bee discussion and showed the beekeepers basic equipment to the cub scouts for their May pack meeting.
This trap was designed and built by Jim Farmer. You might say it's a prototype. Jim Farmer is a SIBA member and has been keeping bees since the 70's. We consider him the senior beekeeper in our organization. No conversation is complete without his input.
Sat. Feb. 16, 2013 was the final workshop #3 at Garry's. It was the biggest turn-out to date... approx. 13 people or so. I never heard the final count from Garry, but if I had to guess, we made about 20 medium bodies. I brought in my bee vac and did some tuning on it to get it ready for the spring and I also did some final tweaks to the SHB bottom board prototype that Jim Farmer made. Others built frames and worked on final odd jobs with their equipment.
Sat Dec. 8, 2012 was the first winter workshop at Garry Reeves. We made 14 deep hive bodies.
Sat. Jan. 19, 2013 was winter workshop #2 at Garry's. We made 280 frames, 5 deep hive bodies, 2 nucs, 14 bottom boards and a pinewood derby car.
SIBA presented a series of discussions catered to new beekeepers on Jan. 5, 2013. The event was full and each session was recorded. You can find these videos under the news section of the site if you'd like to view them.
Great day with a huge turnout. Thanks for all who volunteered... and a huge thanks to Ginger Davidson for her direction on making this event so special, and successful!
On Sat. July 21st, about 13 people came to Garry's to try their hand at grafting queens the way Garry does it. Here's some pictures!
On Sat. May 5 2012, the guys opened up a large log of bees and hived them. See the pics here.
Mel Disselkoen visits SIBA to talk about OTS Queen Rearing and Miticide-free beekeeping.
A recap of our October meeting discussing candy boards, protecting drawn comb from wax moths and ideas on how to package your honey bounty for retail.
AFB is likely the most serious of diseases in beekeeping. Once spotted, you should burn the equipment to reduce the spread of the deadly spores that can otherwise live up to 50 years!
We cut some bees out of a log at the last meeting. Check it out.
The Indiana Queen Project. How the SIBA took advantage of the program this year.
Discussed Indiana Queen project and looked at bee vacs made by Garry Reeves and Jason Morgan.
Big turnout. Tim Conley conducts a hive inspection and Garry Reeves shows us his plastic supers.
Garry opened his shop to a few of us and got us track to build 230 bee frames in one day.
All the pics from the 2011 Honey Bee Fair. Thanks to all our volunteers and donors!
We covered basic mead-making in the meeting and all the winemakers brought wine and mead to sample.
Cindy and Jim Farmer performed a hive autopsy on two dead hives. Photos courtesy of Jim Kinker.
Just a gallery of images to help you identify varroa mites and wax moths from their larva through pupa and moth states. Let us investigate the sticky board!
Cutting bees out of the inside of a chimney with Jim Farmer, Garry Reves, Jim Orem. Hanging out with friends, perfect weather, free bees, free lunch, giving free bees away, What a wonderful day!!!!
Ed and Cindy doing a hive inspection. Getting ready for fall.
In the spring of 2010, I visited Doug Nelson of Nelson's Apiary and accompanied him to a couple of his outyards. Doug installed 50 new packages and I took some photos as I assisted.
Pics include close-ups of the queen, brood and several interesting frames.