Michael Bush Event

Michael Bush Guest Author-Speaker

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The Shelby County Beekeepers Association-SCBA and The University of Montevallo hosts special guest author & speaker, Michael Bush.
Author of The Practical Beekeeper and expert The Natural Cell Method of Beekeeping.

Early Registration 8:30 a.m.    Opening 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Pre-registration Cost Through Friday, March 4: $35.00
Walk-ins March 5: $45.00
*Officers of our local & state beekeeping Association
receive 10% off of your ticket. Get code at check out.
ALL Prices include Box Lunch Meal, drawing for FREE Tshirts & giveaways!
PURCHASE TICKETS online Shelbybees.org
Send completed Form and Check to:
Make checks payable to Shelby County Beekeepers Association.
Mail completed form and check to: David Karcher, 212 Woodridge Dr., Pelham, AL 35124
Purchase Tickets at the Door.
*Limited discount tickets.
For more info. contact: brandon.blankenship@outlook.com Shelbybees.org or facebook

Who is Michael Bush?         

Michael Bush is one of the leading proponents of treatment free beekeeping. He has been keeping bees since the mid 70’s, usually from two to seven hives up until the year 2000. Varroa forced more experimentation which required more hives and the number has grown steadily over the years from then. By 2008 it was about 200 hives. He is active on many of the Beekeeping forums with last count at more than 50,000 posts between all of them. He has had an eclectic set of careers from printing and graphic arts, to construction to computer programming and a few more in between. Currently he is working in computers. He has a web site on beekeeping at www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm 

“His writing is like his talks, with more content, detail, and depth than one would think possible with such few words…his website and PowerPoint presentations are the gold standard for diverse and common sense beekeeping practices.”–Dean Stiglitz


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The case for natural cells. We beekeepers need to control the pests in a natural way. We will elaborate more on this as we go, but Dee and Ed Lusby arrived at the conclusion that the solution to this was to get back to natural cell size. Foundation (the source of contamination in the hive from pesticide buildup in the world beeswax supply) is designed to guide the bees to build the size cells we want. Since workers are from one size and drones from another and since beekeepers for more than a century have viewed drones as the enemy of production, beekeepers use foundation to control the size cells the bees make. At first this was based on natural sizes of cells. Early foundation ran from about 4.4mm to 5.05mm. But then someone (Francis Huber was one of the first to write about it) observed that bees build a variety of cell sizes and that large bees emerged from large cells and small bees emerged from small cells. So Baudoux decided that if you enlarged the cells more you could get larger bees. The assumption was that larger bees could haul more nectar and therefore would be more productive. So now, today, we have a standard cell size of foundation that is 5.4mm. When you consider that at 4.9mm the comb is about 20mm thick and at 5.4mm the comb is 23mm thick this makes a difference in the volume. According to Baudoux the volume of a 5.555mm cell is 301cubic mm. The volume of a 4.7mm cell is 192mm. Natural cell size runs from about 4.4mm to 5.1mm with 4.9mm or smaller being the common size in the core of the brood nest.

So what we have is unnaturally large cells making unnaturally large bees. We will elaborate more on why and how on the page “Natural Cell Size”. The short version is that with natural cell size we get control of the Varroa population and can finally keep our bees alive without all the treatments.

Other topics to be covered:
Unsustainable beekeeping system
Beekeeping Pests
Shallow Gene Pool
Wrong Gene Pool
Upset ecology of the bee colony
Beekeeping House of Cards
Stop treating
Clean Wax
Natural Food

2016 SCBA Calendar Special Edition

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2016 SCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class EARLY REGISTRATION BEGINS!

Early REGISTRATION  IS OPEN NOW -Nov. 1, 2015 thru Dec. 31, 2015.
SCBA Beginning Beekeeping Class 2016
by registering early, you will save $$$.
Makes a great gift for the holidays!

Dates: January 14 – February 25, 2016
7 Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Go here for more info.

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SCBA Annual Picnic July 6, 2015

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We will begin cooking at 6:00pm
SCBA Monthly Meeting, Monday, 7:00pm-9pm.

OPEN HIVE Demonstration-5/23/15

Rescheduled for………………
-Saturday, May 23, 2015 10am-NOON
419 Philippians Boulevard, Pelham, AL 35124
We will be opening a hive and telling about the parts and the functions of the honeybee hive. Meet us behind Hope Christian School, Pelham, AL near the high school.**Special thanks to Wayne and Connie Atchison for providing this unique opportunity. Bring your bee suit, veil and gloves. If you have an extra, bring that too!! Everyone is invited.

Queen Rearing Class 2015

Queen Rearing Class 2015
Update 4/26/15 CLASS IS FULL…………………..

Sat. May 16, 2015
Hargis Retreat(see address below)
Instructors: Master Beekeepers George Baldwin and Robert Shoemaker
What you will learn: bee biology, Smith method, cell punch method, grafting practice, marking drones, setting up starter and finishing hives, setting mating NUC’s, making your own queen.
Lunch is provided.
Bring you gloves and suit.
$100.00 per person.
Includes: tools for grafting, queen catcher, push-in queen marker, marking pen, queen cage and booklet.

Mail complete Form and payable check to George Baldwin, 6726 Bear Creek Rd., Sterrett, AL 35147
DEADLINE MAY 9 for receiving your checks and registration.

398 Hargis Drive (Old Hwy 280), Chelsea, AL 35043.
– Take Hwy 280 East over Double Oak Mountain into Chelsea. …
– Go past Wal-Mart, then turn left onto County Rd. 39
at Publix and then right onto County Rd 280.
– Go about one mile and turn left at the
YMCA Hargis Retreat sign onto County Rd 461.
When road splits, bear right.
Camp offices are on right, just past the pool.

Map: http://mapq.st/1uoaYkD

SCBA Africanized Honey Bee Task Force

Shelby County Beekeepers Association-SCBA’s is creating a new task force and will be hosting a training class on the importance of knowing what to do in an event there is an occurrence of the aggressive Africanized honey bee yet undetected in Alabama. In our state, we have the docile European Honeybees but some of our neighbor states on the southern border next to Mexico have been proactive in dealing with this problem. State Apiarist, Dennis Barclift will be directing this class. Contact Margie Robertson for more info.

Event Organizer: Margie Robertson
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time: 4-6pm

2015 Beginning Beekeeping Class Begins Jan. 15

CLASS IS FULL…REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. 1-15-2015 We have just a few spots left for our 2015 class, but you will need to act fast. When they are gone…they are gone until next year! What you will learn, in addition to having fun,: how to get started, calendar of events, where to establish an apiary, purchasing bees & installing package bees, purchasing beekeeping equipment, entering the hive, protection and treatment of stings, bee biology, parasites, pests and diseases, bee genetics (vsh), understanding the honeybee, colony population and growth, beehive tools, constructing hives and frames, installing foundation, nectar flows, plants and pollination, honey production and products, wax products, propolis, extraction of honey supers, nucleus hive advantages, feeding package bees, dirths, swarm management, requeening, fall and winter management, feeding your bees for fall, after your first year now what?, join a bee club, test and evaluation. We will schedule an onsite hive demonstration. TBA  For more info. on the class go here: http://shelbybees.org/?page_id=93 Apply for a grant to help pay for the new time beekeeper here: http://www.agi.alabama.gov/news/news/2014/11/07/now-accepting-applications-for-the-natural-pollinator-enhancement-project Hurry deadline Jan. 1 2015.

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