So you got your bees through their first winter, and that tiny nucleus colony is now a booming hive bursting with bees! Now you need to figure out what to do to next. We're here to help with our course all about the honeybees swarm drive, and how you can harness it to achieve your beekeeping goals.
This course will explain how new hives are created. The bees have their own way of doing it, which is swarming; unfortunately this comes with the risk of losing over half your bees and/or terrifying your neighbours. The alternative is to harness the swarm drive through your interventions.
We'll teach you everything you need to know to understand swarming: why the bees swarm, what are the stages of swarming, the 'point of no return', and how to make the bees swarm drive work for you.
We'll also teach you all about making splits, which is one of the best ways to prevent swarming. We'll talk about different techniques, and when they are appropriate to use, and which techniques will work best with your approach to beekeeping. We'll even teach you how to prevent swarms without making splits.
Course offered May 5, 2018 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton, Ontario.
This is primarily a classroom based course, but it will include a beeyard session where we will practice the skills required to make your own splits. Interested participants may have an opportunity to join us in the field on another date while we make splits.