Beginning Beekeeping: Getting Started with Urban Beekeeping

with Albert Chubak

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What you will learn:


Class 1:

  • Questions for new Beekeepers

  • Why have Bees

  • Pollination needs - small and large, Byproducts - honey, pollen, wax, propolis, meadTherapy - used for treatments for Lyme Disease and MPleasureEducation

  • What is in a beekeeper's tool bag

  • Selecting The Right Tool for The Job

  • Beekeeping Problems

  • Picking your Equipment

  • Langstroth - wood, styro-foam, plastic, Top bar, Horizontal, Warre, Mini Urban Beehive, AZ or Slovenian Beehive, Flow-Hive, Legal Inspection Grade Equipment

  • Bee Identification

  • Populating Your Equipment

  • Package, Nucs, Mini System, Swarm, Removal, Baiting

  • To Feed or Not to Feed - that is the question

  • Types of feeders

  • Spring feeding - nectar quality

  • Summer build-up - nectar quality

  • Preparations for winter - less to dehydrate

  • Winter - crystalized sugars

Class 2:

  • When to add Equipment or Move a Hive

  • Adding Equipment: Standard Rule

  • Mini Hive Rule

  • Moving a Hive

  • Preparing the hives

  • The Move, Reorientation

  • Frame Care & Plants

  • Spacing

  • Bonsai Tree and Your Frames

  • What to look for and when to look

  • Brood, Babies, Queens, Comb, Honey, Pollen, Robbing, Surrounding the hive, Visitors

Class 3:

  • When you can Harvest

  • By-Products, Honey, Bee Pollen, Beeswax, Royal jelly,

  • Beehive Hygiene, Unique Hygiene, Unique Ecosystem

  • Risk of Introducing Disease

  • Incubator for Raising Bees

  • Rist of Inducing Robbing

  • Smoking Your Hive

  • Alarm Pheromones

  • Bee Stings

  • When are Bees Calm


Class 4:

  • Size / Dimensions

  • Smaller less threatening colony for urban living.

  • Importance of drones

  • Frame spacing, hive placement

  • Inspections to see eggs, larva with royal jelly, capped brood

  • Learn how comb is made

Class 5:

  • How to grow a colony (tricks to sugar feeding and protein)

  • When to add a box

  • Providing water (salt and fresh)

  • Need for resources such as ingredients for propolis

  • Learning the hive is rst a bee incubator not a honey store

  • When to harvest frames

  • How to harvest by placing cut comb into baggy, squish, pop holes with toothpick

  • Maintaining a colony that can be free of varroa and disease

Class 6

  • Benefits of Locking System

  • Defensive Behaviors

  • 15 Ways to Start a Mini Urban Beehive (MUB)

  • How a colony fails

  • Understanding the MUB Processes

  • What to Avoid

  • MUB Support

Bonus Items!

  • Beekeeping Guide

About the course

This two-day course covers the basics of apiculture by providing comprehensive information to help students start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony in an urban environment.

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Beginning Beekeeping

Time table:
6 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
People interested in Beekeeping

Main objective:
Learn how to get started with urban beekeeping



About the instructor

Albert Chubak

Albert worked as a general contractor for many years before things changed and he started feeling the effects of the economy. So, in 2006 he started a bee removal company called Utah Bee Removal and soon started to rescue hives and relocate them for a reasonable fee. Soon after a few large bee removals a local news company covered one of his removals and put him on the 9 o'clock news. This exposure brought a substantial amount of work for the rest of the season. Albert decided the best way to approach this was document everything so he could share what he learned with the public. His goal was to educate himself and teach the public that killing a hive was not a suitable solution. He posted hundreds of removals and experimented finding what was most successful. Then after a few years of removing hives and capturing hundreds of swarms, it was time to expand further so he added 150 more hives to his apiary. This is when things changed!

Eco Bee Box had it's beginnings on a 13 hour road trip from Utah to California. Albert thought of the additional boxes he needed and after deciding to build them, an idea came to him on how to build a better beehive. With his 25 years in construction and his beekeeper experience he decided upon a solution. A simple design made easy in the form of a corner bracket. In the spring of 2011 the prototypes were made and in January of 2012 it was time to test them. 1000 Brochures describing how the corner bracket worked and its design were mailed out across the US with great response. A field test was done and corners were shipped to supply companies here in the US, and to beekeepers all over the world. Iceland, Serbia, Macedonia, Egypt, Australia and more. Soon after the test phone calls and emails started showing up telling of an amazing story on how they used the brackets and, how easy, simple and smart the new brackets were. After a few tries, working with different material and designs the evolution of the Eco Bee Box with its variety of hardware was created. The international patent was filed.

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