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Introduction to Beekeeping. Session 5 – Beekeeping Year Sat 29 th /Sun 30 th March 2014. Introductions. Lyn Sykes Experience. Record card for beekeeping. Autumn September, October, November. Remove old combs Treat for diseases Varroa, nosema Look for other diseases Foulbrood

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introduction to beekeeping

Introduction to Beekeeping

Session 5 – Beekeeping Year

Sat 29th/Sun 30th March 2014

introductions
Introductions
  • Lyn Sykes
  • Experience
autumn september october november
AutumnSeptember, October, November
  • Remove old combs
  • Treat for diseases
    • Varroa, nosema
  • Look for other diseases
    • Foulbrood
    • Shake off all bees
  • Check food stores

30,000 workers

1 queen

No drones

prepare for poor weather
Prepare forpoor weather
  • Bees cluster to keep warm
  • Use honey and shiver to generate heat
  • Wind, frost pockets
  • Mouse guards
  • Protection (woodpeckers)
winter december january february
WinterDecember, January, February
  • Go on holiday!
  • Crisis time for the colony
  • Starvation
  • Watch the entrance!

10,000 workers

1 queen

No drones

spring march april may
Spring March, April, May
  • Colony increases rapidly
  • Monitor varroa levels
  • First inspection
  • Swarm control
  • 1 week inspections

40,000 workers

1 queen*

400 drones

summer june july august
SummerJune, July, August
  • Many bees = excess honey crop
  • Remove crop in early August
  • Ensure hives are bee-tight
    • Robbing by bees and wasps
  • Extract the honey and store

Up to 70,000 workers

1 queen

Up to 1000 drones

extraction and storage
Extraction and storage
  • Uncapping
  • Extractors
  • Filters
  • Storage