Mite Management for Colony Survival class
Saturday October 16th & 23rd, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm each night
29600 SW Seely Ave, Suite B, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Cost: $25 per Person per Session
Join us for both sessions for $40 (20% OFF per ticket)
This class is for beginning beekeepers that want to be best prepared for managing bees in 2019. Throughout, the emphasis will be on natural beekeeping where practical.
Beekeeping 101 (About the Honeybee and Beehives) – October 16th, 2018
Honeybee Basics: Basic biology, with emphasis on colony brood development cycles, swarm cycles, annual cycles, and the colony social structure that supports these cycles.
Beehive Basics: A successful hive needs correct placement, good forage access, and a protective structure. This section focuses on these essential elements of a hive in detail. It also reviews several types of hives and their pros and cons: Langstroth, Longhive, Warre Hives, and Kenya Topbar hives.
A fundamental element of a hive is the frames and foundation that house the bees. There is a diversity of frames (and often beekeeping philosophy associated with them). This section will discuss the alternatives and their pros and con. This includes foundation based frames, foundationless frames, topbars only, waxed foundation, plastic foundation, and wax starter strips.
Beekeeping 102 (Colony Management) – October 23rd, 2018
Installation: This section reviews the three ways to acquire bees: packages of bees, nucleus hives, and swarms. It reviews the pros and cons of each method.
This section also covers installation of package bees, nucleus hives, and swarms. It also discusses what to do if the installation goes wrong
Managing the First Season: This section discusses feeding, hive inspection methods, remote hive monitoring, recognizing signs of trouble, and what to about it.