Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association

We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (except December) from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Refuge Ministries, 2602 FM 116, Copperas Cove.  Our next meeting will be March 19, 2019.


February Meeting Summary

During the February meeting Frank gave a thorough presentation on starting a TopBar Hive. He brought one of his TopBar hives and gave a hands-on demonstration of how he installs a new package of bees. He also gave detailed pointers on things to remember and mistakes to watch out for.   A few being…

  • If your package does not come with a cover to put in place after removing the syrup can, make sure you premake one in advance before you begin. You can make one out of cardboard or wood.
  • Pay attention to which end of the queen cage you take the cork out of when installing your queen cage. Make sure you take the cork out of the candy end.
  • Place an X on the bar you hang the queen cage on for quick and easy location of the cage when you return 2 days later to confirm she has been released.

Frank also gave reminders that it will take about 45 days for a new population of bees to exceed the original installed population and to monitor the new hive closely to correct cross combing as soon as it happens.

The end of the presentation highlighted the importance of learning how to make a good and complete inspection of your hive and the importance of taking notes during the inspection.

Before going to your apiary make and use a checklist of things you need before you go so your inspection will be time efficient and complete. Things to include on your checklist might be

  • Gather all tools
  • Hive inspection sheet to take notes on
  • Dress for the job
  • Light your smoker

During the inspections you should be taking notes on

  • Traffic at the entrance of the hive
  • Examining bars of the hive: note the number of bars with brood so you have a way to measure the growth of the hive. Brood inspection can also give you an idea of how your queen is doing.
  • If there is a presence of supercedure cells or swarm cells
  • Temperament of the hive

There are various methods of taking notes. Find one that works best for you.  Using your notes will help make sense of your inspection and provide direction for your next hive inspection!

Welcome New Members

Frank Sherman – Copperas Cove

Tim Orwig – Gatesville


With the coming of March, the beekeeper’s year gets into high gear.  March will generally have some very warm days that will give bees more opportunity to fly on forage trips.

Swarms can occur in March.  If an early plum tree, hawthorn tree, and pear tree bloom did not occur during the last of February expect to see these blooms in the early part of March.  Later blooms in March include black lotus, red bud, wild cherry, wild onion, laurel, blueberries, red maple, hairy vetch, chickweed, and dollar weed.  During the last part of March clover will bloom along the side of highways.  March is a key month for Central Texas beekeepers.  Eggs laid by a queen in March will become the bees which bring in the honey crop.  A queen will require increased egg laying room this month.  Swarms will issue if brood nest congestion occurs.  Top-bar management can take place in March by placing empty top-bars between fully drawn top-bars.  Plan to work bees on the warm days to avoid chilling brood. 

Membership Application

Membership Application

Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association

Dues $20 per year – Individual or Family Membership

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Please print, fill out, make payment to Bell/Coryell Beekeepers Association

and bring to club meeting or mail with check to:

Frank Morgan

880 Sunset Drive

Copperas Cove, TX 76522