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2019 HCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course Resources

2019 HCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course Resources

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2019 Beginning Beekeeping Course   Syllabus

2019 Beginning Beekeeping Course  Syllabus

The Howard County Beekeepers Association, Inc.  2019 Beginning Beekeeping Course  Syllabus  2-5-2019    Text The Beekeeper’s Handbook (Fourth Edition) Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile 2019 HCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course   Class 1 Wednesday, February 13, 2019                     7:00-9:30 pm Introduction: Welcome to the HCBA Short Course […]

HONEY BEE HEALTH COALITION GUIDE

HONEY BEE HEALTH COALITION GUIDE

The Honey Bee Health Coalition has published BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR HIVE HEALTH A GUIDE FOR BEEKEEPERS A fairly comprehensive guide to beekeeping You can get a pdf version of it here LINK

Beekeeping365

Beekeeping365

Beekeeping365   ~ The more I studied beekeeping, the less I knew, until, finally, I knew nothing. But, even though I knew nothing, I still had plenty to unlearn. Charles Martin Simon If you like our site you will also like Beekeping365 by Sassafras Farms.  […]

Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases

Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases

by Hachiro Shimanuki and David A. Knox Apiary inspectors and beekeepers must be able to recognize bee diseases and parasites and to differentiate the serious diseases from the less important ones. This handbook describes laboratory techniques (particularly those of the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory) used […]

2019 Beginning Beekeeping Course

Thank you for your interest in the HCBA Beginning Beekeeping Course.  Unfortunately, registration for this year’s course is closed.  If you would like to receive information on upcoming courses offered by the Howard County Beekeepers Association, use this link to be put on our notification […]

Learn from these 5 ways bees work together

Learn from these 5 ways bees work together

  We could probably all take a lesson on working in harmony with others — and you’d be hard-pressed to find a species that does that better than bees. I always knew about this idea superficially, but recently I saw it in action while I […]

HOW DO BEES MAKE HONEY? IT’S COMPLICATED

HOW DO BEES MAKE HONEY? IT’S COMPLICATED

  Click to listen Humans have used honey for thousands of years. We eat it, we flavor drinks with it and ancient Egyptians used it to preserve food. Wizzie Brown, an insect specialist with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Officesays the process of making honey requires […]

How to Apply Mite Away Quick Strips

How to Apply Mite Away Quick Strips

It is that time of the year.  If you have not checked your hives for mites here is a video on how to do it. Varroa Mites Inspection   If you find you need to treat, formic acid strips is an easy application.

Dr. Buggs (Samuel Ramsey) New video

Dr. Buggs (Samuel Ramsey) New video

What is killing the bees? The threat you never hear about.

Varroa Mite Inspection

Varroa Mite Inspection

Jorik, from Hudson Valley Bee Supply, demonstrates how to use a sugar shake to determine the mite level in a honeybee hive. He also explains what the results mean

WebMD slide show on honey

WebMD slide show on honey

A simple yet informative slide show on Honey   LINK

FAQs About Beekeeping

FAQs About Beekeeping

Getting started in small-scale beekeeping Do I need to register my hives if I have only one or two? Maryland law requires anyone who owns or is in possession of honey bees to register the colonies within 30 day, then annually thereafter. Registration is done […]

Components of a hive

Components of a hive

  From the bottom up: Hive stand- Holds the hive above the ground to avoid moisture from rain, improve ventilation and minimize intruders such as other insects. Bottom board- Contains the bottom of the hive.  It has an insert to control ventilation, a screen Entrance […]

What is Beekeeping

What is Beekeeping

What is Beekeeping? First the Bees, bees are insects that live in colonies that have one queen bee. She is solely responsible for the growth of the colony as she is the only one who can procreate. Bees do sting as a method of protecting […]

Beginning Beekeeping Resources

    So,  you are interested in becoming a Beekeeper.  It is a wonderful hobby which will get you in touch with nature and these wonderful creatures.  It is challenging, but not overwhelmingly so. The benefits are numerous to you and to your immediate environment.  […]

Ten Steps to Start Beekeeping

Ten Steps to Start Beekeeping

Courtesy Ontario Beekeepers Association www.ontariobee.com  (posted with permission from OBA)     Ten Steps to start beekeeping   JOIN A LOCAL BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION For those wishing to start beekeeping there can be no better first step than to join a beekeeping association. Most associations, comprised of […]

Beginning Beekeeping Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Beginning Beekeeping Five Questions to Ask Yourself

Courtesy Ontario Beekeepers Association www.ontariobee.com  (posted with permission from OBA)   Contemplating becoming a beekeeper?  Here are five questions to ask yourself. Have you ever been stung by a bee (and lived to tell about it)? Kidding aside, allergies to bee stings are no joking […]

Advice for new beekeepers from Honey Bee Suite

Advice for new beekeepers from Honey Bee Suite

With April comes the inevitable question, “What advice would you give a new beekeeper?” I seriously hate this question, mostly because it is fraught with undertones of philosophy. But once again, I will attempt an answer. Please don’t write back and exclaim, “But that’s just […]

Why did your bees leave their hive?

Why did your bees leave their hive?

You just installed a package of bees in a brand new hive, but the bees don’t seem settled. You check on them the next day and they are the same. Then on the third day, everything is quiet. No sounds come from the hive, and […]