2019 Beekeeping Mentoring Program


Beekeeping Mentoring ProgramPresented by David Shockey, President, Hardin County Beekeepers Association

This program is set up to provide familiarization with and hands-on beekeeping for all participants. The participants will actively manage 2 existing bee hives and 2 new bee hives over the period of the program from February to November. Each session will be around 2 to 4 hours depending on long it takes to cover the material and for the participants to accomplish certain tasks. It is planned for the sessions to begin at 09:00 AM and to be completed around 12:00 noon. The dates may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances, but every effort will be made to stay with the schedule. Any date changes will be emailed or text to all participants in advance. In general, the sessions are planned for the second Saturday of each month. All changes will be provided to participants as soon as possible and as far in advance as possible.

The program will be held at David’s Beekeeping Barn and apiary in Rineyville. I will be providing 2 existing bee hives, and 2 new bee hives that will be set up by the participants. All materials and supplies will be provided. There will be one session each month on the dates indicated. Each participant will need to bring their own beekeeping jacket, veil/hat and gloves to each of the sessions. There will be a $10 fee for each session attended, and the participants only pay for sessions that they attend.

At the end of the program, one of the new bee hives will be given away by the drawing of a name from those that participated in 75% the sessions, and the other new bee hive will be given away thru a silent auction of all those who participated in the program. There will also be a drawing for many other beekeeping tools and equipment for all participants in the program.

Dates and the general topics and activities planned for each session:

Session # 1 February 9, 2019

  • Beekeeping Basics
  • Review and use of numerous items of beekeeping tools & equipment
  • Use of wax foundation and plastic foundation
  • Guidelines for purchasing of bees, queens and beekeeping equipment
  • Feeding of bees in February
  • Varroa Mite Treatments
  • Safety

Session # 2 March 9, 2019

  • Conduct a bee hive inspection
  • Safety
  • Evaluating the condition of hives
  • Rotate hive bodies
  • Feeding of bees in March
  • Varroa Mite Treatments

SPECIAL SESSION (sometime in mid-late March): SWARM TRAPPING FIELD TRIP
This session will be weather dependent and will be coordinated with participants.

Session # 3 March 30, 2018

  • Attend the Hardin County Beekeeping School

Session # 3 April 13, 2019

  • Conduct a bee hive inspection
  • Installation of a Nuc to start a new bee hive
  • Installation of honey supers
  • Hive beetle management
  • Feeding of bees in April

Session # 5 May 11, 2019

  • Installation of a Nuc or Package of bees to start a new bee hive
  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Re-queening of hives
  • Honey super management
  • Hive beetle management
  • Feeding of bees in May

SPECIAL SESSION (sometime around mid-May 18th??): VARROA MITE TREATMENT
This session will concentrate solely on the various Varroa treatments and other important factors related to treating beehives for Varroa. This will be an all morning session at the extension office

Session # 6 June 8, 2019

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Honey super management
  • Hive beetle management

Session # 7 July 13, 2019

  • Honey harvesting & processing
  • Preventing Robbing
  • Varroa Mite Treatments
  • Late July Splits and Nuc’s
  • Feeding of Bees in July

Session # 8 August 10, 2019

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Varroa Mite treatments
  • Prevention of Robbing
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Making up Nuc’s for Re-queening in fall
  • Feeding of bees in August
  • Wax moth infestation and prevention

Session # 9 September 14, 2019

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Re-Queening in the Fall
  • Pulling all remaining honey supers and Hive inspections
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Feeding of bees in September

Session # 10 October 12, 2019

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Combining of weak hives with strong hives
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • How to store frames over the winter
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 11 November 23, 2019

  • Preparation for winter Nov thru Feb
  • Feeding of bees Nov thru Feb
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • Rendering of bees wax
  • End of Program Drawing for Prizes