Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October 22 COBA Meeting reminder

COBA's last regular meeting of the year will be Thursday, October 22, at 7:00 pm
 Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center
 3400 NW 36th St
 Oklahoma City  OK  73112

Items on the agenda include:
  Pauls Valley bee truck wreck (suggestions for improved response/management)
  Colony Management through January
  Making Mead
  Winter feed reminders
  Time for mouse guards
  Class starting Saturday October 24
  OSBA Meeting November 7

As usual, we appreciate your bee-related contributions to the door prize drawing, and snacks.  Beverages will be supplied by COBA.

While this is the last regular meeting of the year, COBA will have the usual paid-members-only Christmas party at the same time and location on Friday 12/18.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September COBA meeting is WEDNESDAY September 23 (Not Thursday)

September COBA meeting will be WEDNESDAY Sept 23, 7pm-9pm at Will Rogers Gardens.

Ms Urkhardt will be speaking about bee-friendly native flowering plants.

Forest Chapman will give a presentation about horizontal hives.

Please bring food to share or an item for the drawing.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Oklahoma State Fair beginning soon. Warning to nearby beekeepers.

If you live within 3 miles of the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Caroline Baker made a very good suggestion:

Start feeding your bees now, and continuously feed them through the end of the State Fair. If they start feeding at the fairgrounds, they are likely to get poisoned

The fair sells LOTS of sweet things (soda, cotton candy, caramel apples, ...). If the bees become a nuisance there, they may be deliberately poisoned. Caroline has lost hives that way before, when she lived near a fairgrounds.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August Meeting

COBA Meeting this Thursday, August 27, 7pm-9pm at Will Roger Gardens.

Winterizing Hives
Laying Workers

Please bring food to share or an item for the drawing.

Forest will have t-shirts!

Sign up for the OK State Fair and the Wildlife Expo. A lot of fun, and you can bring honey to sell at the OK State Fair.  (You cannot sell at the Wildlife Expo.)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

COBA July 23 Meeting

COBA Meeting this Thursday at Will Rogers Garden, 7-9pm.

Rick Schantz will be the main speaker, topic is Queen Rearing.

Suzanne Govett will have the sign up sheet for the State Fair.

Forest Chapman will handle t-shirt orders.
  Setup 6:30-7:00
  Meeting 7:00-9:00
  Cleanup 9:00-9:30

Hope to see everyone there!  Please bring a snack to share or an item for the drawing.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

COBA Extractor use

Current dues-paid COBA members may borrow one of the club's extractors on a first-come first-served basis.

We currently have 3 extractors available for members.  You will need your membership card with you to pick up an extractor.

We have 2 hand cranked 6/3 extractors.  These can simultaneously extract up to 6 medium or shallow frames radially, or 3 deep frames tangentially.

We also still have the smaller hand cranked extractor that we've had for a couple of years.  It does 2 frames of any size tangentially.

COBA members should contact the following to borrow an extractor:
  NW - 6 frame - Linda Daxon - 405-209-7263
  SE - 6 frame - Caroline Baker - 405-924-8010
  Central - 2 frame - Beekeeping Etc - 405-600-7200 - 202 S Bryant Pl, OKC, OK 73115 (M-F 8:30-4:00)

After using a COBA extractor, please return it promptly in good repair and CLEANED.
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