Category: ‘beekeeper training’

Now that you have installed your bees….

April 11, 2014 Posted by Robert Ardary

Now that you have installed your bees it is time to check to see if the queen has been released. This can be a bit tricky. The bees may have built comb in the void where the queen cage was hung. This comb must be removed to make room for the frame and foundation that was left out for the queen cage. Here is the tricky part. You must look for the queen as you pull out the comb attached to the inner board. If she is on this comb, you need to coax her down into the hive. Care must be given not to injure, crush or damage your queen.  Once this comb has been removed, you will be able to start the Where’s Waldo hunt for your queen.

To search for the queen, start by looking on the outside frames. Place frames on a frame perch to give you more room to search. Check those frames that have comb for eggs, larva, and capped brood. Eggs are a good sign that you have a queen in the hive. No eggs, no queen. You will have to look close as eggs are VERY small. If you had your queen painted and clipped, you will be ahead of the game finding your queen. The green dot stands out amongst the workers. The clipped wings keeps the queen from absconding. If you see the bees flying around near the ground in front of the hive, look for a clump of bees. Your queen may have tried to escape. GENTLY pick her up and place her back in the hive. Once the queen has been found, place the frames back as you found them and place the frame that was left out in place.

Say you didn’t find the queen, or you found your queen has died. Run panicking to nearest queen store. WRONG. This is not an insurmountable problem. If you have one hive, you may have to beg eggs from a fellow beekeeper or order a queen from your supplier.  If you have two hives, find eggs in the other hive. Brush the bees off and place the eggs in the hive that is missing the queen. The bees will take the new eggs an create a queen cell. Keep an eye on this hive. It will take 16 days for the queen to hatch and another two weeks to mate and begin laying eggs.

Colony Collapse issues for Beekeepers

November 16, 2013 Posted by diammoo67

Local Bees Not Affected By Colony Collapse

Posted: Nov 15, 2013 5:39 PM CST Updated: Nov 15, 2013 6:56 PM CST
By Jonathan Owens (Channel 5 News) – bio | email

This is a recent article (Nov 15, 2013) posted on the News 5 Website in Mobile Alabama.

This video contains information about beehives and beekeepers experiencing colony collapses and how it is affecting the bottom line of beekeepers, farmers and consumers. With the decline in number of bees, pollination is becoming a big concern. Many are speculating that the use of pesticides and fungicides is leading to the demise of bees.

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Beekeeper Training Classes Free

November 15, 2013 Posted by Robert Ardary

Beekeeper Training Classes offered free by Dog River Bees and Brews in Mobile Alabama.

Have you ever thought about becoming a beekeeper and keeping your own bees either for pollination of your garden or for local honey, which has been proven to help with your allergies? Are you looking for a hobby that is fascinating, affordable, fun for the entire family, and can even potentially provide an additional source of income for your family? Getting started is as simple as attending just attending a few Beekeeper Training classes, buy a few pieces of equipment, and get your bees.

Beekeeper Training Classes Free

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Dog River Bees and Brews in Mobile Alabama is going to be presenting ongoing beekeeper training classes at our store. These classes will range from basic to advanced, but all skill levels are encouraged to attend. Each class is free but the training provided is invaluable especially if you have any desire at becoming a beekeeper. All classes will focus on topics are focused on ensuring that you gain valuable beekeeping knowledge. Some topics include:

  • Equipment Needs (2 hives)
  • Hive Setup
  • Queen Mgmt Discussion
  • Bee Identification/Discussion
  • Feeder Management
  • Hive Maintenance & Winterizing

We guarantee that after our classes you will understand what is being talked about when others are talking about broods, colonies, bottom boards or in the foreign language of beekeeping, do your eyes glaze over?

Beekeeper Training Class Scheduled

Our first Beekeeper Training Class (Beekeeping 101) is scheduled for November 16, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. (Contact Us To Register)

This beginning beekeeping class is designed for the beginning beekeeper or someone considering starting beekeeping. The terms and basic equipment will be covered. You will learn the basics of starting a bee colony (hive) and how to keep them alive until they can survive on their own. The next time your friend begins talking brood pattern, you will no longer feel like he has antennae coming out of his head.

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Come on down and visit us. We are located just south of the Dog River bridge in Mobile, Alabama. We will demonstrate our kits, provide tips and support, and do our best to answer all of your questions.



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