What's Happening now in our yards and shop.
As you may know we lost our Shop, Honey house etc to fire. We lost all the bees in the home yard to theft as well. We have now required a new home teaching yard in Lumby, BC We look forward to developing a presence here.
Key coming events.
Clean Repair build new needed equipment
We are going to need enough equipment to accommodate 10 nucs ordered as replacements for stolen bees. We will need equipment for Normal expansion.
- Brood boxes. 20 for nucs 4
- Bottom Boards 10 for nucs
- Inner covers
- Dadant honey boxes
- Dadant frames
- Entrance reducers
- mating nucs 10
- xways boxs 3
- xways frames
Prepare for grafting. April 28 or 29
In this workshop we will continue encouraging brood growth for the upcoming first graft. We will add a crossways box to the hive that will give us the best population of bees to accommodate the cells from the first graft.
May 4 or 5 First Graft Start grafting cycle
We wi/cgi-bin/index.cgi?site=BMaster&view=ClokeBoardViewll be setting up our starter and Grafting for our first round off Queens. Cloake starter/finisher details.
Feed the Bees Workshop
Bee pasture is vary important to the health of your bees. You will need 3 acres of pasture per hive with flower all season. Pasture details.
- Make splits. We will be showing our senior students how to expand their operations for the bees they have.
May 14 Make our first mating nucs and install cells.
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What was done Last season.
May 5 2020 Location Muddy Meadows Grindrod BC
Notes for the Bee yard - We transferred 15 one day old larvae into 15 cups on a stick and stick of grafted cups onto an empty frame. The frame was then put in the top box above the queen excluder and clocke board so that the bees in this box thought they were queenless and therefore would draw queens from these larvae filled cups.
May 13 2020 Location Muddy Meadows Grindrod BC
Notes for the Bee yard - We grafted a second set of 1 day old larvae into 15 cups and put the stick of grafted cups onto the frame containing our first stick of grafted cells, moving the first stick down to mid frame and the new stick at the top of the frame. Keeping the newest grafts at the top of the frame will keep it warmest as the heat rises to the top of the hive
We will also repaired Knuc boxes and their lids, replacing the rotatating entrance closures with 3D printed entrance controller. Contact us if you would like the printable file.
Create mating nucs
Friday May 15 2020 Location Muddy Meadows Grindrod BC
Notes for the Bee yard - 7 of the of the 15 cups that were grafted 10 days ago developped into queen baring cells. We created 3 mating nucs from the 10 day old cells and put an extra cell into one of the 3 frame full depth nuc that were made 5 days ago from the first round of grafts. We created a 2 framed full depth nuc which already had several cells on the frame.
Prepare Anu Yard for bees.
Saturday May 25 Location Anu Collective yard.
Create Expansion nucs
May 30 2020 Location Muddy Meadows Grindrod BC
Our queens will be mated and have been laying. Our cells we grafted in the second graft will have a place to go. We will catch queens. Introduce cells and Create Sales expansion nucs to take the queens and cells if needed.
Creating 3 and 4 Nucs.v 0.01 2020/04/22
Creating 3 and 4 frame nucs are esential for expanding your operation or in a stock beekeeping opperation
- Bring empty boxs to the hive you are working.
- Seperate your hive into two or more stacks. This helps to controle the location of the queen. She must be found so she dose not get tranfred to a box. She will not survive a young queen and we don’t want to reduce the donor hive too much by making then raise a replacement. So find that queen.
- Look at each frame.
- Select a frame of bees with lots of capped brood. You will need 2 on the first round of queens. 3 for later rounds.
- Select a frame of comb and bees for the third frame on the first round brood and bees on all other rounds.
- You will need a frame of Resources for the 3rd or 4th frame.
- The last will be a feeder on the first round feed till they need laying space. Feeders don't go to a client. They ensure that the nuc builds well in the nectar iffy early spring.
- 3 frame 2 brood , then honey, then feeder, then comb
- 4 frame 3 brood, then honey,
Deliver created nucs to Anu Yard.
Wednesday June 3 2020 Location Muddy Meadows Grindrod BC
These will be our second round of sale queens.
June 6 2020Evaluate and feed Created nucs
Each week for the next few weeks we will evaluate and feed theses nucs.
June 13 2020 Catch queens and cell up
These queens are for sale Please reserve yours now.
June 26 4th Graft.
July 06 2020 Catch queens and cell up.
We will be developing Tools you can use to help you manage your bee keeping and bee breeding operations.
Details of the app.
Thursday September 17
This event has two main parts.
Honey Harvest and extraction.
In this part of the workshop we will Pull all the available honey clear the bees and set aside for the extraction process. We will evaluate the hive and rearrange brood, add honey to the brood chamber if needed.
We will setup an area to extract the honey. This will be a bee prof space. For small amount of extraction the kitchen works well. As your operation grows though and you move beyond a 4 hives you will want a dedicated space for the task. Honey gets everywhere. No mater how hard you try. You will need to have clean jars or pails to store your honey. We recommend the l L Canning jar as it contains exactly 3 lb of honey. It is also highly reusable.
MiteGone treatment for Varoa mites.
We are a bit late here for the workshop as this should be done in late August. That timing is to ensure that all your winter bees are formed with minimal damage from Varoa. The honey should also come off then as well There are 2 main reasons for this. One is to give your bees ample time to rearrange the nest for winter. The other is so you can feed syrup to ensure the winter bees have minimal agricultural chemicals. Chemicals are the primary cause of Colony co-laps. Varoa is not but is an easy diversion.
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