Beginning Beekeeping: Getting Started with Urban Beekeeping


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.

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In-Depth Instructions

Available on Desktop, Mobile and Tablet

What You Will Learn

Class 01:

  • 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 02:

  • 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 03:

  • 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 04:

  • 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 05:

  • 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 06:

  • 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

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


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