Madison County 

Beekeepers Activities


Beekeeping 

Education 

 

 

   

Next Scheduled Class  

The 27th Beginner's Beekeeping Class is FREE 

sponsored by

The Madison County Beekeepers Association

If interested in attending the class Winter 2014 please contact the instructor,

Chris Cambron at,

beedaddyhoney1@yahoo.com

Please include your name and contact information.

or call,

256-509-6015.

Looking forward to a great Bee Season.

Ricky Walls
President MCBA
rickywalls@gmail.com
http://alabees.com

       
 

 

PROGRAM SCHEDULE  2014  

At the beginning of each meeting, approximately 5 minutes is devoted to ďBeginnerís CornerĒ.   Beginnerís Corner is a timely and important reminder for beekeepers of whatís needed for the next two months and an updating on new developments in the industry, plus answering any and all questions members may have concerning their bees.  

Date          TBD 

This is your organization, we need your input!

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World BEEKEEPERS LINKS 

 

WARNING - Not all sites will be written in English  

 

 

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     Bee Hive Medication in North Alabama

    Click here for latest in medication techniques for North Alabama


     
     
      
     

    Social Activities

    Annual Picnic Hamburgers, hotdogs and buns are provided by the MCBA.  Each participant is usually asked to bring soft drinks and two covered dishes of sufficient size to feed themselves and their guest.

    Beekeepers start gathering around 10:00 AM with serious eating around 1:00 PM.

    Anyone interested in beekeeping is welcome to attend.

    Gadget Night

    One meeting a year is normally designated "gadget night". In the past it has been on the same night with 'Election Night'.  Following elections. each member may bring an item he has developed that makes his beekeeping hobby or business more fun or less work. Each inventor(?) will show his device and explain how it works and his reason why he thinks it to be useful. When all gadgets are presented, if time is available the meeting turns into a social night where no activity other than socializing takes place.

    See Program Schedule or CLICK HERE

     

     

     

     

     



     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    MCBA PROJECTS

     Madison Street Festival Parade 

    (see Public Affairs for past programs)
     


     

    PAST MADISON COUNTY FAIR BOOTHS
     

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    Swarms

    Nature has programmed the honeybee to swarm in early spring in sync with spring flowers. This is nature’s way of prorogating the species. It is also nature's way of imposing an unpleasant surprise of homeowners. The below pictures are typical swarms. If left alone, the swarm will leave, on their own, and find a permanent place of residence. How long they stay before they leave is dependent on a number of factors and can be from 15 minutes to a few days. The concern to a homeowner is, where they go when they leave as it could be inside the walls or in the attic of your house.

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    If you have a large cluster of honeybees hanging on a limb (or other
    structure) in early spring and would like it removed click SWARM LISTS .
      Click here to watch video of a typical swarm capture.  Another swarm capture, yet another from Dr James Tew Ohio State Apiarist..

    ON SWARMING READ

     

    Bee Swarms are temporary movements of bees that usually have left the confines of their previous home and are seeking a new home for the benefit of the survival of the species.  They may have collected on a tree, a fence, or a bush not very far from their original home.  They will move again soon when a more permanent location is found.  Sometimes it is too difficult for the beekeeper to collect.  Examples are;  they are too high or out of reach and dangerous to collect.  They may also come to a final resting point inside a building where it becomes expensive to remove (see honeybee removal above).  Each beekeeper listed below is a volunteer in good faith who has agreed to remove honeybee swarms if he is able to do so.

     Beekeepers who wish to be added to the following lists for Swarm Removal send email to Bobby Fanning , k4vb@knology.net

    This does not include bees living inside walls of houses or other structures. For a list of Huntsville / Madison Alabama area beekeepers that do bee removals from houses see Honey Bee Removals.

    For listings of beekeepers in and around the Huntsville Area see chart below

    For a map on ZIP CODES Of Beekeepers who will collect swarms click here

    For listings of beekeepers all over Alabama who will collect swarms click here

    Local Swarm Removal  List Near the Huntsville Area 

    The below listed beekeepers are willing to remove swarms of honeybees from your property FREE of charge.    Feel free to call any one listed or if you prefer, select the one located nearest you.  (Beekeepers please remove your name from this list if you no longer remove swarms.  Ask anyone in MCBA to instruct the webmaster to remove)

    Beekeeper's Name

    Phone number

    Location near the Huntsville, AL Area. Zip Codes
    Bob Fanning

    256 883 9601

    S.E. Huntsville 35802, 35803, 35805, 35808
    Bill Mullins

    256 828 4836

    Meridianville area 35750, 35759, 35810
    Dale Rohe or www.rohebeeranch.com

    256 837 2208 or cell at 256 508 9809

    Redstone Arsenal, Harvest, Monrovia, Madison & Toney and, Ardmore area 35739, 35749, 35750, 35757, 35758, 35810
    Steve Jones

    256 883 5479

    Huntsville Area 35801, 35802, 35805, 35810
    Tom Morgan

    256 837 6903

    Madison area 35758, 35808
    James R. Long

    256 772 3091

    Madison City Area 35758, 35808
    John Horton

    256 772 3957

    Greenbrier Area 35756, 35824
    Gary Suckow or www.gnberryfarm.com

    256 682 6257

    Madison, Athens, Toney, Ardmore, 35739, 35749, 35750, 35757, 35758, 35773
    Lionel Evans

       256 232 9073

    Athens, Madison 35613, 35614, 35820, 35827
    Ben _

    256 431 1442

    Athens  Area  
    Chad  Crabtree

       256 497 5463

    Elkmont, Harvest, Monrovia, Madison, Tony, Ardmore 35620, 35739, 35749, 35750, 35758
    Allan Hodge

    256 837 8087

    Madison, Huntsville  35758, 35808, 35906, 35810
    Bill Healy

    256 519 2480

    Huntsville Area 35801, 35810, 35816
    Harris E. Burnsworth

      724 714 1598

    Huntsville Area, Tony 35810, 35739, 35810, 35816
    Glenn Craigert taylormade46@hotmail.com 256 679 0120 Hazel Green Area 35739, 35750, 35759
    Henry E. Smith henryearltv@gmail.com 256 603 2199 Madison and Redstone Arsenal 35758, 35808
    Mike Schroer 256 883 5458

    256 783 0437

    Morgan County Laceys Springs or South Huntsville  
    Jerry Bolden 256 652 6263 Meridian Area  
    Steve Long 256-683-2346 Huntsville Area 35801, 35802, 35803, 35805


     

    Swarm Removal List outside the Madison County  Area

    The below listed beekeepers are willing to remove swarms of honeybees from your property FREE of charge in the area of Alabama indicated.  (Beekeepers please remove your name from this list if you no longer remove swarms.  Ask anyone in MCBA to instruct the webmaster to remove)

    Beekeeper's Name

    Phone number

    Location outside the Huntsville, AL area.
    Wil Montgomery

    256 442 7515 

    Etowah and Calhoun Counties
    Lyle Greenwood

    256 586 2206

    Arab Area
    Alton Pitzing 256 734 6493
    Cullman Area
    Gene Venable 256 574 5389
    Scottsboro Area
    Steve Overby 256 574 5989
    Jackson & Dekalb Counties

    Chris Cambron

    256 723 2608

    256 509 6015 

    South Huntsville, South East Madison County, East Madison County, and New Hope Area
    Tom Stewart

    256 728 7447

    Grant, Paintrock, Gurley Area
    Karl Bartholomew 257-466-3146
    Morgan County, Faulkville, Lacon, Danville, Priceville, Somerville Decatur-Hartselle area.  Also removing bees with trap-outs
    Mike Schroer 256 883 5458 Morgan County
    Jerry Adams

    256 732 4647

    Elkmont in
    Limestone County
    Heath Little 205 529 0565 Blount, Cullman, Marshall, Morgan. Etowah
    Jeff Price 256 974 3719 Lawrence, Winston, Franklin, Colbert
    Randy Hodge 256 683 3693 TN, Winchester, Flintville, Huntland
         

     

    Swarm Removal List for other areas in Alabama (Birmingham Area and South)

    The below listed beekeepers are willing to remove swarms of honeybees from your property FREE of charge in the area of Alabama indicated.  (Beekeepers please remove your name from this list if you no longer remove swarms.  Ask anyone in MCBA to instruct the webmaster to remove)
    Chris Sorenson

    205 631 0087

    Jefferson and North Shelby County
    Frank Little 205-956-0526 Birmingham
    Doug Vance 334 683 6601 Perry, Dallas, Bibb

     

    Swarm Removal List for other areas in Alabama (Mobile Area)

    The below listed beekeepers are willing to remove swarms of honeybees from your property FREE of charge in the area of Alabama indicated.  (Beekeepers please remove your name from this list if you no longer remove swarms.  Ask anyone in MCBA to instruct the webmaster to remove)

    Beekeeper's Name

    Phone Number

    Area covered

    Fletcher Barnes (334) 456-8728 Chickasaw
    Ben Davis (334) 649-6358 West Mobile County
    “Doc” Fuller (334) 679-6741 or (334) 675-4441 North Mobile County
    Kenny Langley (334) 824-9024 South & West Mobile County
    Stephen Magee (334) 607-7101 or (334) 582-8431 (pager) West Mobile County
    Alvin McCollough (334) 865-4450 Grand Bay & St. Elmo
    Don McKeithen (334) 456-6892 Mobile County
    James W. Persons (334) 957-2612 Mobile County
    Jim Buckley (251) 675 3801 Mobile, Washington & Baldwin

    Swarm Removal List for other areas in Alabama (Houston County Area)

    The below listed beekeepers are willing to remove swarms of honeybees from your property FREE of charge in the area of Alabama indicated.
    Beekeeper's Name Phone Number Area covered
    Lorrin Granger 334-691-2923 or Cell 334-618-8549 Cottonwood
    Carl Murphy 334-792-2534 Dothan
    Doug Hobson 334-712-1433 Dothan
    Foy Holland 334-792-4594 Dothan
    B. E. Kent 334-794-6561 Dothan
    Winford O. Gulledge 334-693-2514 Headland
    Kenneth Cook 334-692-5074 Newton
    Dave Mozden 479-330-8460 Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Houston

    Swarm Removal List for other areas in Alabama
    Coffee County/Pike County Area)

     

    The below listed beekeepers are willing to remove swarms of honeybees from your property FREE of charge in the area of Alabama indicated.
    Beekeeper's Name Phone Number Area covered
    Ron Jones 334-243-5367 Banks
    Jerald Price 334-735-5296 Brundidge
    Ronnie Mitchell 334-393-8296 Enterprise
    John Legg 334-897-2461 Jack
    Tommy Smith 334-898-1296 Kinston
    Jerry Boblenz 334-894-5672 New Brockton
    Elizabeth Whitaker 334-894-2077 New Brockton
    Jock Spencer 334-894-5857 New Brockton
    Al Liepins 334-566-7340 Troy
    Dave Mozden 479-330-8460 Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Houston
       
       

 

 

 

Established Colonies  The picture below is not a swarm but a colony that has swarmed and settled in this tree and established a colony. Swarms seldom if ever have externally visible honeycombs. This colony, unlike a swarm is here to stay. If you find a colony like this (which is very unlikely) on your property and wish to have it removed contact the HONEYBEE REMOVAL listed persons.   This colony was found by a local beekeeper (Bobby Hardin) in a tree near Rideout Rd in NW Huntsville, Al. It is in a Willow tree, about 16 feet off of the ground. This colony measures about 24 inches across. 

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HONEYBEE REMOVAL LIST (not to be confused with a temporary swarm)
The following list of beekeepers in the business of removing honeybees from existing structures such as houses and out buildings.  They must charge a fee for their services.  The list  is provided for your reference only.    It is not to be considered an endorsement by The Madison County Beekeepers Association or the providers of this web page.    Any business arrangements between you and the service provider can not include the Madison County Beekeepers Association or the providers of this web page. 

For a procedure on honeybee removal from a water meter click here
 

Beekeeper Alabama Area Covered

Lionel Evans

1307 Fern St.

Athens AL  35613

phone 256 232 9073

Email: smoothevan@aol.com

Limestone County

Wil Montgomery

1401 Lakemont Dr. S. 

Southside, AL 35907 

Phone: (256) 442-7515 

Email:n4wm@juno.com 

Gadsden, Southside

Alabama City

Mike Sykes

7824 Williams St.

Pinson, AL 35126

Phone: 205 681 0639

Beep: 205 869 2335

Birmingham area

Jefferson County area

Joe Sharrow

7804 Williams St.

Pinson, AL 35126

Phone: 205 681 2568

Beep: 205 8697044

Birmingham area

Jefferson County area

Ray Latham

1501 Wynn Rd

Scottsboro, Al 35769

256-574-5234

Jackson County

Scottsboro area

Chris Cambron

1012 New Hope-Cedar Point Rd

New Hope Al 35760-9656

256 723 2608 509 6015 

NorthWest Marshall County

New Hope area

Madison County

David Kelton

Lookout Mountain Honey Bee Service

1590 Tabor Cut Off

256 523 4767

Gadsden Area

Etowah, Marshall, Dekalb, Calhoun, Blunt, StClair, Cherokee

Gadsden Al, 35904

cell 256 441 2887

   
Randy Hodge

133 Worthington Circle, New Market, Al 35761 ph 256-683-3693 Cell or Hodge_randy@msn.com

Winchester TN

Flintville, Huntland,  and Madison and Limestone Cntys

 

       

 

 

     

     

    The Powdered-Sugar Shake:

    Detecting Varroa While Not Killing Bees

     

    The following article describes a method of detecting Varroa mites by coating the bees (and mites) with powdered sugar using a procedure much like the "ether roll" test where sugar replaces the ether resulting in a better test that does not kill the bees.

    First obtain a wide mouth canning jar with a two piece lid (ring and lid). Use the lid as a template to cut out a #8 mesh hardware cloth replacement for the lid (the circular, center portion).

    Collect 200-300 bees in the jar. A funnel can be used to facilitate the process. Put the modified lid (ring and #8 mesh lid replacement) on and add about a tablespoon of powdered sugar through the screen. Roll the jar to distribute the sugar. Wait a few minutes, swirl the jar again, and pour the sugar and mites through the screen into another container. The mites can be separated from the sugar by pouring the mixture through the window screen. The bees can be returned to the colony where their hive mates will lick them clean.

    This was first reported by a University of Nebraska graduate student (Paula Macedo), according to the January 2000 edition of Bee Tidings , a cooperative publication of the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service and the Nebraska Honey Producer's Association, written by Dr. Marion Ellis.

    Dr. Ellis suggests three reasons why this might work:

    1. Varroa mites have a sticky pad called the empodium that helps them adhere to their host. The presence of powdered sugar could make it difficult for the mites to adhere to their host.
    2. Powdered sugar stimulates the bees' grooming behavior.
    3. The powdered sugar on the mite's body stimulates mites to release from feeding to groom themselves.

    This technique works well according to the article. It is superior to the ether roll, separating up to 90 percent of the mites from the bees. Some states have switched to this method primarily because the powdered sugar shake may well mean more Varroa testing by beekeepers now that their bees don't have to be sacrificed as part of the procedure.

     

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