Foragers Club Hive Update – Nov 2021

Last month, the Foragers performed a varroa mite check on the club’s hive. Since we found a high mite load, we did a varroa mite treatment to rid them from the hive. Mr. Hodgie used the Formic Pro treatment which is a 14-day treatment and the only one that kills mites in the brood cells.  […]

Foragers Attend the SE Bugfest

The Foragers were invited to attend the SE Bugfest to educate attendees about honeybees. Club members Paul, Sarah, and William manned the club’s table. They had a teaching hive and helped others make origami bees. Virginia Tech holds an annual bugfest in Blacksburg, VA, this was the first bugfest held locally. There was also a […]

Hive Winterization 2021

With colder weather on its way, the Foragers needed to prepare the club hive for winter. The last time we did an inspection, we also did a varroa mite check and found our count was six mites. This time we needed to recheck the mite count, do a treatment depending on the count, check the […]

Foragers September 2021 Meeting

This was our first meeting back in our normal location! We had two people who attended our club for the first time, and one of them, Cody, even ran for and was elected to the Vice President officer position.  We also got to meet our new 4-H agent, Jo. Our new officers for the 2021/2022 […]

Forager August 2021 Meeting

The Foragers ended the summer with the final outdoor meeting and pool party. Club member Ashten invited the club to his house for the meeting. We held our annual officer nominations and speeches for the upcoming officer vote. We heard nominations and speeches for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, Reporter, and Pledge/Motto Leader. After […]

Hive Update – Laying Queen

In the last update on the hive, our new queen successfully got mated and started laying. Last week, we found that she was still laying well.  We were able to find her on a frame in the top box, where the newer brood is located. Since it’s that time of year, we did a varroa […]

Forager July 2021 Meeting

The Foragers continued their outdoor meeting format for the July meeting. We started with our business meeting. We discussed the update of the club hive, member record books, and project books for the hive inspection. Afterwards, we had our program, which this month was Lighting a Smoker since our members will need this skill for […]

Hive Update – Many Queens

Since placing the club hive in the apiary, there has been much activity. We added a second box onto the hive. During inspections, we found several queen cells being built in the hive, giving an indication that the hive was preparing to swarm. During one of the inspections, one of the queens emerged into Mr. […]

Forager June 2021 Meeting

The Foragers were able to have our first in-person meeting since the COVID pandemic started! We met at Ms. Jen’s house since it could accommodate an outside meeting. Fortunately, the 4H guidelines changed to allow inside meetings so the cold, cloudy weather allowed us to keep the meeting instead of canceling. Club President Paul opened […]

We Now Have a Club Hive

It is very exciting news that our club now has a hive. Mr. Hodgie received a swarm call and we reached out to the club to see if any members would be able to go and collect the swarm with him. Luckily, Lynn and Alexia were available on short notice and headed out with Mr. […]