2018 Beekeeping Mentoring Program

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March 2018 Beekeeping Mentoring Session

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers Association logoDuring the Beekeeping Mentoring Program March session, beekeeper do’s and don’ts were discussed along with setting up and positioning new hives, conducting hive inspections, bee health treatment options, and spring feeding for newly established and existing hives. Many of the first time participants found the hands-on experience to be rather intriguing.

David Shockey, President of the Hardin County Beekeepers Association, speaking to participants
David Shockey, President of the Hardin County Beekeepers Association, speaking to participants
Mentor, David Shockey, shares information with the Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants.
Mentor, David Shockey, shares information with the Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants.
Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants get hands-on experience opening four beehives.
Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants get hands-on experience opening four beehives.

February 2018 Beekeeping Mentoring Session

Hardin County Kentucky Beekeepers Association logoThe Beekeeping Mentoring Program for 2018 kicked off as the first of its kind in Kentucky during the month of February. Participants were provided an introduction to apiary safety, beekeeping resources, beehive components, beekeeping tools, many other items beekeepers find useful, and several questions were answered.

David Shockey, President of the Hardin County Beekeepers Association speaking to Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants
David Shockey, President of the Hardin County Beekeepers Association speaking to Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants
David Shockey showing bee hive components and tools to Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants
David Shockey showing bee hive components and tools to Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants
Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants listen to David Shockey, President of the Hardin County Beekeepers Association
Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants listen to David Shockey, President of the Hardin County Beekeepers Association
Beehive frames and foundation are examined by Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants
Beehive frames and foundation are examined by Beekeeping Mentoring Program participants

More pictures from the Beekeeping Mentoring Program are available.

2018 Beekeeping Mentoring Program

Beekeeping Mentoring ProgramBeekeeping Mentoring Program
Presented by David Shockey, President, Hardin County Beekeepers Association

The Beekeeping Mentoring 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 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.

The Beekeeping Mentoring Program will be held here at David’s Beekeeping Barn and apiary in Rineyville. David 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 in November, one of the new bee hives will be given away by the drawing of a name from those that participated in 75% or 8 of the 11 sessions, and the other new bee hive will be given away thru a silent auction of those that participated in 75% of the 11 sessions. There will also be a drawing for many other beekeeping items for all participants.

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

Session # 1 February 10, 2018

  • Review and use of numerous beekeeping items to be on display
  • Use of wax foundation and plastic foundation
  • Look inside an existing bee hive—weather permitting
  • Purchasing of bees and beekeeping equipment
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 2 March 10, 2018

  • Conduct bee hive inspections
  • Rotate hive bodies
  • Feeding of bees
  • Varroa Mite treatments

Session # 3 April 14, 2018

  • Conduct bee hive inspections
  • Installation of a Nuc to start a new bee hive
  • Installation of honey supers
  • Hive beetle management

Session # 4 April 28, 2018

  • Attend the Hardin County Beekeepers Seminar and School

Session # 5 May 12, 2018

  • Starting of a second new bee hive
  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Possible Re-queening
  • Manage honey supers
  • Hive beetle management
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 6 June 9, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Manage honey supers
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management

Session # 7 July 14, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Honey harvesting & processing

Session # 8 August 11, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Making up Nuc’s for Re-queening in fall
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 9 September 8, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Pulling of any remaining honey supers
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 10 October 13, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Combining of weak hives with strong hives
  • Hive beetle & Wax moth management
  • Rendering of bees wax
  • Feeding of bees

Session # 11 November 3, 2018

  • Conduct hive inspections
  • Preparation for winter Nov thru Feb
  • Feeding of bees Nov thru Feb
  • Varroa Mite treatment
  • How to store frames over the winter
  • End of Program Drawing for Prizes