Beekeepers in the Bluegrass
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The Bluegrass Beekeepers meet monthly throughout the year excluding January and August. The meetings are the second Monday of each month and include an always fabulous potluck starting at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Fayette County Extension Office in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Crowd Source Beekeeping© (Bluegrass Beekeepers)
September, 2017

Local is good.  Crowd Source Beekeeping© is a poll of those attending the September meeting of the Bluegrass Beekeepers on what we all are doing with our bees at that time. There is wisdom and guidance in our pooled answers to questions; but, the poll is not intended to tell you how to best keep bees. You must determine that based on your particular goals, energy, and near environment.

The big news from the September poll:

Beekeepers talk to their bees!
Many of us are discouraged as beekeepers.
Most of us are paying attention to what is blooming here in the Fall.
More of us than in July are taking steps to get ready for Winter by treating for varroa.
Fewer of us than in July are inspecting all the way down.
Many are installing Swiffer pads for SHB.
Many are using frames 5 years and older (toxin buildup in the wax is the concern).
Many want all of their supers off by mid-September.
Few are tipping hives for weight or installing mouse guards.

All questions were prefaced with the phrase, ‘Raise your hand if you…” A dash below (-) means that question was not asked at one meeting or the other; so, comparison is not possible.
                                                                                                   Sept (July)
Split a hive this past week.                                                         – (1) 
Were stung this past week – no matter how lightly              – (9)
Know your bees swarmed within the past week.                   – (0)
Took off at least one super this past week.                             – (6)
Extracted honey in the past 10 days                                         – (8)
Saw hive beetles in any hive                                                      – (25)
Saw robbing among your bees this past week                        5 (4)
Inspected the lowest deep of at least one hive this week. 15 (24)
Are reasonably sure that all our hives are queen-right.    23 (36)
Fed bees this past week.                                                           28 (24)
Treated for varroa this past week                                           10 (2)
Talk to your bees                                                                         32 (-)
Noted bees arriving with orange pollen                                 22 (-)
Have supers on hives                                                                  24 (-)
Tipped all of your hives                                                                6 (-)
Combined hives within the past few weeks                              3 (-)
Remove all supers by mid-Sept                                                 11 (-)
Installed Swiffer pads in every hive                                          15 (-)
Noted Golden Rod and Iron Weed are blooming                   31 (-)
Mouse Guards installed                                                                 3 (-)
Feel discouraged as a beekeeper                                                10 (-)
Some hives have an odd odor                                                       1 (-)
Some frames are more than 5 years old.                                  12 (-)

You have permission to publish Crowd Source Beekeeping with credit to Gregory Brock.

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