Beekeeping Mentoring Program

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers Association logoMay 2018 Mentoring Session

Swarming, requeening options, hive inspections, adding honey supers, dealing with hive beetles, varroa mite treatments, feeding bees, and starting new hives using packaged bees or nucs were discussed during the May Beekeeping Mentoring Session.

Mentor David Shockey illustrates requeening a hive with a purchased queen received in a cage as mentee Gil Shatto observes.

Mentor David Shockey illustrates requeening a hive with a purchased queen received in a cage as mentee Gil Shatto observes.

Another option is requeening a hive using frames from a nuc and a deep brood box.

Mentor David Shockey looks to answer a question as mentee Wayne Noe holds a deep brood box with four new frames containing beeswax foundation sheets.

Mentor David Shockey looks to answer a question as mentee Wayne Noe holds a deep brood box with four new frames containing beeswax foundation sheets.

Mentor David Shockey reviews timing to perform inspections on newly established hives, fully established hives, and during the nectar flow.

Mentor David Shockey reviews timing to perform inspections on newly established hives, fully established hives, and during the nectar flow.

The first team was assigned to set up a new hive by installing a package of bees.

Mentees Steve Green and Bob Elliott prepare the hive box as David Shockey guides them and the other mentees watch.

Mentees Steve Green and Bob Elliott prepare the hive box as David Shockey guides them and the other mentees watch.

Beautiful day with ideal weather to work in the apiary.

Beautiful day with ideal weather to work in the apiary.

Mentees Gary Thomas and Steve Green open the package of honey bees.

Mentees Gary Thomas and Steve Green open the package of honey bees.

Mentee Steve Green lightly sprays the new package of honey bees with sugar water before removing the feeder can of syrup from the top.

Mentee Steve Green lightly sprays the new package of honey bees with sugar water before removing the feeder can of syrup from the top.

Mentee Terry Henry begins a hive inspection for his team.

Mentee Terry Henry begins a hive inspection for his team.

A J-hook hive tool is used to help lift the first frame up.

A J-hook hive tool is used to help lift the first frame up.

The first frame is gingerly removed from the hive to inspect. Remember to look for the queen!

The first frame is gingerly removed from the hive to inspect. Remember to look for the queen!

David Shockey demonstrates how to place the removed frame on the frame holder that has been temporarily placed on the side of the hive.

David Shockey demonstrates how to place the removed frame on the frame holder that has been temporarily placed on the side of the hive.

Mentee Terry Henry examines the second frame removed from the hive while other mentees observe.

Mentee Terry Henry examines the second frame removed from the hive while other mentees observe.

David Shockey points out different things to look for during a hive inspection while holding the third removed frame.

David Shockey points out different things to look for during a hive inspection while holding the third removed frame.

Mentees rehydrate following a warm morning in the apiary as David Shockey recaps the session.

Mentees rehydrate following a warm morning in the apiary as David Shockey recaps the session.