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2017 Field Day

Randall demonstrating proper smoker lighting technique

Randall demonstrating proper smoker lighting technique

Saturday, March 25th, Randall Austin graciously hosted an OCBA Field Day at his apiary. Recent graduates of OCBA’s Bee School learned how to light a smoker, inspect a hive, and do a sugar shake to evaluate the Varroa mite load in their colonies. The Field Day offerred many new beekeepers their first look inside an active hive. As always, Randall’s bees were ‘honeys’ and remained calm and composed throughout.

Ryan Chamberlain demonstrating bucket method for Varroa sugar shake

Ryan Chamberlain demonstrating bucket method for Varroa sugar shake

Shaking the bees

Shaking the bees

Brood identification

Brood identification

All Field Day photos courtesy of Lily Doron

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OCBA Honey Extraction Workshop

On Saturday, June 20, at 2 pm, with temperatures soaring up to 97 degrees; OCBA held its annual Honey Extraction Workshop.  Our thanks go to Keith Yow, Cedar Ridge High School Furniture and Cabinet Making instructor, for providing an air conditioned workshop.  Dave Eckert, OCBA Mentoring Director, did a splendid job as usual. He went into great detail demonstrating different ways to remove bees from supers and frames in preparation for extracting as well as different tools used to remove wax cappings .  In addition, he reviewed the agreement for those who may choose to rent the extractor, and described all of the parts and their use.

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Haylee Borden Wielding the Uncapping Knife

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Uncapping with the cappings scratcher

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Spinning Out the Honey

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Honey!

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Honey Extraction Workshop

OCBA’s annual Honey Extraction Workshop will be held at Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough on June 20th at 2 PM. This workshop offers an opportunity to get hands on experience uncapping and extracting your frames, accompanied by lots of useful information concerning the entire process.

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State Fair

The State Fair is fast approaching. Consider entering a competition. Blue Ribbons are great to have and it is easy to enter. Check out www.ncstatefair.org

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