The program will extend over a month requiring weekly weekend apiary visits. On completion you will take the nuc home to install in your own hive.
Dates are provisional and depend on queen delivery and weather. There is some flexibility with inspection dates allowing a certain amount of individual variation.
Due to limited resources this program is available to members only and capped at 10 places. It is aimed at new members who must have completed a beginners course and will ensure a flying start to their beekeeping career.
Last year's program was an outstanding success with all participants happily installing their bees at home following completion. It was noticeable how quickly handling skills and confidence were built.
Guests are welcome to attend club meetings, a visitors fee of $10 is charged at the door to cover costs.
Queen rearing allows you to propagate from your best stock thus improving your apiary, is cheap and an important skill for beekeepers to develop. Grafting is straightforward and should not be intimidating.
In this course we will highlight the biological principles of queen rearing, introduce the genetic concepts, summarise the various methods of rearing queens and conduct practical exercises in grafting and starting queen cells.
Students will gain hands on experience of the steps and will be eligible to receive a capped queen cell 10 days later to use in their own hives.
Registration now open (places strictly limited). Note that this is a more advanced course that is aimed at experienced beekeepers who are already familiar with honey bee biology and husbandry and who are accustomed to handling bees.
Meeting Address: Doncaster Secondary College, 123 Church Rd, Doncaster 3108