Improvers Beekeeping Course

16/09/2013

Westport Bee keeping Association Improvers Beekeeping Course

For last year’s beginners and beginners of the year before!
9 Modules over 9 nights dates to be announced
Course fee 50 euro
Contact 0872464045

Topics

  • Beekeeping
  • Acquiring Bees
  • Local Association
  • Understanding Swarming
  • Its causes
  • Signs of it about to happen
  • How to deal with it before a swarm and after
  • How to fix it when it’s gone wrong

Disease

  • Problematic Ones
  • Varroa
  • Acarine

Dangerous one

  • AFB  American Foul Brood
  • EFB  European Foul Brood

Ignorable ones

  • Chalk brood
  • Ants
  • Wasps, etc
  • How to recognise
  • Disease Inspections
  • Treatments both legal and unregistered

Honey Handling

  • Clearing your Hive
  • Clearing Boards
  • Timescale
  • Transporting your Supers home
  • Extracting
  • Filtering
  • Bottling
  • Labelling
  • Selling
  • Regulations and Hygiene
  • Cleaning extractor and Mead Making

Nuc

  •  Preparation and Why
  • Understanding the Reasons
  • Uses of Nucs throughout the Apiary
  • Apiary control
  • Swarm control
  • Frame drawing
  • Making Nucs for Sale
  • Buying Nucs
  • Travelling with Nucs and transporting same. Moving hives
  • Proper strapping/Foaming
  • Proper ventilation
  • Adequate man power

Apiary Locations

  • How to approach site owners
  • Rates for rent
  • Best Practice
  • Amount of hives per location
  • Height of hives

Preinspection Checks

  • Site walkabout
  • Entrance watch
  • Ground watch i.e. acarine

Inspection techniques

  • Finding the queen, Marking and Clipping
  • Reasons for this
  • Using the hive tool
  • How to handle the frame
  • How to handle the queen
  • When to smoke/when not to
  • Use of water spray
  • Bait hives
  • Makeup
  • Lures

Queen Rearing

  • Inducing queen rearing
  • Relevant points i.e. food bees per min to cell etc
  • Mating
  • Nucs
  • Apidea
  • Hives
  • Other
  • Types of hives, making frames
  • Framed national/ commercial
  • Top bar, Kenyan, Rose, Peroni,  etc
  • Skep  uses off

The Law   

  • Ownership of Bees/Equipment
  • Ownership of Swarms
  • Crime prevention
  • Very public or very hidden
  • Polystyrene vs. wood
  • Good Practices
  • No spilt comb
  • No brace comb on ground etc
  • Open Floors
  • Shelter
  • Smoker in car
  • Smoker fuel

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