Beekeeping Mentoring Program

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers Association logoApril 2018 Mentoring Session

Torrential rain visited the area during the April Beekeeping Mentoring Session, so mentees stayed dry inside the Bee Barn and gained knowledge about swarms, swarm catching, the national hive losses survey, varroa mite and hive beetle treatments, hive maintenance, installing honey supers and partial queen excluders, entrance reducers, package bees, and installing a nuc to start a new bee hive.

Mentor, David Shockey demonstrates how to place a nuc box in a tree line to capture a swarm.

Mentor, David Shockey demonstrates how to place a nuc box in a tree line to capture a swarm.

Mentees intently listen and ask questions.

Mentees intently listen and ask questions.

David Shockey illustrates how to install a nuc to start a new bee hive.

David Shockey illustrates how to install a nuc to start a new bee hive.

Following the mentoring session, a break in rain permitted a few remaining mentees to assist Mentor, David Shockey in starting new bee hives by installing nucs.

Following the mentoring session, a break in rain permitted a few remaining mentees to assist Mentor, David Shockey in starting new bee hives by installing nucs.

The honey bees acclimate to their new hives while Mentor David Shockey and mentees are grateful to have finished before any more rain moved into the apiary.

The honey bees acclimate to their new hives while Mentor David Shockey and mentees are grateful to have finished before any more rain moved into the apiary.