First Talk – Inspecting the bee hive. The bee hive is like a good book, interesting and full of good information. Good bee stewardship inspections start outside then continue inside to the brood chamber. How should we be looking and how might our discoveries key subsequent management? Best Management practices (BMP’s) for bees and beekeepers.
Second talk – 2 1/2 colonies. How many colonies should you manage? Owning more than one colony helps with numerous managements providing a chance to weaken strong colonies while boosting weaker ones if you have 2 (or more) colonies. Adding a half colony (a nuc) can be a ready, inexpensive resource for a replacement queen, support frames, brood and/or bees. It can be an alternative to colony creep. Why 2 1/2 makes sense for your basic management of backyard bees.
This event is free to all members of the Richmond Beekeepers Association