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Making Splits in Place

Outcomes Learners will understand the step-by-step approach to perform a hive split using the topping method.   Key Takeaways    Effective Splitting Technique: Mastering the art of hive splits involves carefully selecting frames of open brood, honey, and resources from the parent colony. These frames are then transferred to an empty nuc box, setting the […]

Bottom Supering a Hive

Outcomes Learners will understand the concept of bottom supering in beekeeping, its benefits in hive management, and how it contributes to efficient honey storage and colony health.   Key Takeaways    Bottom supering involves placing a new honey super below the existing stack, close to the brood nest. Bees fill the new super faster during […]

American Foulbrood

Outcomes Learners will be able to identify AFB’s clinical signs and employ early detection methods   Key Takeaways    American Foulbrood (AFB) is a highly contagious bacterial disease affecting honey bee colonies. Its resilient spores, ability to kill healthy hives independently, and easy transmission make it a formidable threat. Recognizing AFB’s clinical signs, such as […]

5 Questions When Inspecting Your Hive

Outcomes Learners will gain a comprehensive understanding of hive inspection essentials.    Key Takeaways    Are you queen right? Is the brood pattern consistent? Is the queen being replaced? Is the colony increasing or decreasing in size? Are there signs of brood disease? Beekeeping is an art that requires a keen eye and a […]

Preparing a Mating Yard

Outcomes Learners will be able to optimize queen rearing success by selecting an ideal mating yard, ensuring genetic diversity, wind shelter, and effective management strategies.   Key Takeaways    The selection of the mating yard is a critical factor in the success of queen rearing, ensuring successful mating flights and genetic diversity. Considerations include surrounding […]

All About Swarms

Outcomes Learners will be able to recognize and interpret the warning signs exhibited by bee colonies that indicate they may be preparing to swarm.    Key Takeaways    Swarm Prediction Essentials: Hilary Kearney shares essential insights on how to predict when bee colonies are gearing up to swarm, helping beekeepers anticipate this natural phenomenon. Recognizing […]

10 Tips for Queen Rearing

Outcomes Learners  will be able to recognize key techniques and principles for successful queen rearing   Key Takeaways    Keep Detailed Records: Maintain thorough records of colony health, production, and behavior using either digital tools or pen and paper. This data helps you make informed decisions when selecting queen stocks. Prioritize Integrated Pest Management (IPM): […]

Sampling for Nosema

Outcomes Learners will recognize the procedure for conducting a Nosema field test in a bee colony.   Key Takeaways    Nosema, a subtle fungal parasite, can affect bee colonies’ health without obvious signs. Sampling helps uncover its presence, enabling informed actions to protect bee vitality. Sampling for Nosema is an accessible process involving collecting bees, […]

Ongoing Beekeeping Tasks

Outcomes Learners will have a comprehensive understanding of the year-round tasks necessary for successful beekeeping.   Key Takeaways    Beekeeping involves managing hives for honey production and immersing in the intricacies of nature. Successful year-round beekeeping requires adapting tasks to changing seasons. Seasonal preparation includes stocking up on feed, equipment, and medications. Regular hive inspections […]

Seasonal Beekeeping Tasks

Outcomes   Learners will have a clear understanding of the essential seasonal tasks necessary for effective beekeeping. Beekeeping is a fascinating and rewarding hobby or profession, but it’s not a set-it-and-forget-it endeavor. To successfully manage your apiary, you need to follow a set of essential seasonal tasks that cater to the needs of your […]