Resources and Vendor links
How to borrow TCBA Extractor/Educational equipment
Toe Cane Beekeeper members in good standing can borrow an array of equipment for extraction or educational purposes. Read all about it here.
Help! I have a swarm
If you have seen a swarm of honey bees on your property, club members may be available to come and capture the swarm if it's fairly accessible. Call your local Extension office, and they'll contact a bee club member to help you out.
Or you can contact any one of the following members directly:
Swarming is the process honey bees use to reproduce colonies. The queen will leave the hive along with about half of the bees and cluster out in the open, sometimes on a nearby tree branch, and wait while scout bees look for a suitable home. Sometimes the swarm will rest for a few hours, or even a few days before moving on. It's important to know that swarms are the least aggressive during this time and not likely to sting.
It's easiest for beekeepers to capture the swarm while they are clustered in the open, so calling for help right away is important. Once the swarm moves into a building or a tree cavity, relocating them is a much more difficult process called a "cut-out", although some beekeepers may be willing to help. And some may charge a fee for their efforts.
Helpful links to Beekeeping resources
Honey + Hive -- Beekeeping equipment, supplies, honey and gifts
Gold Star Honey Bees -- Dealing exclusively in top bar hives, treatment-free package bees for sale. Classes, tools and support for natural beekeepers.
Honey Bee Health Coalition -- A great resource for information on Varroa mites, monitoring, IPM, treatment options.
Moral Bees -- Toe Cane member Michelle Mejia will be selling Appalachian Queens beginning in April. Read all about it on her website Moral Bees.com
Sample Pollination Contract -- If you've received requests to locate your bees on someone's property, you may need to have an agreement in place to avoid misunderstandings. The contract linked above could help you think through some issues.