A Year in the Life of an Apiary



Beekeeping is enjoyable and satisfying, whether you’re a professional or a novice. With a bit of ingenuity and a little knowledge, anyone can successfully raise honey bees. Learn how to set up and maintain your own honey bee colony from Keith Delaplane, Ph.D., one of the nation’s foremost entomologists as he guides you through each step, from buying tools and selecting healthy bees, to harvesting and selling honey.

If you are unable to take a Bee Keeping Class or just want to sharpen up your BeeĀ  Keeping skills this is the video you want.

Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary

Part I

1. Introduction

  • A Brief History
  • Building Supers and Frames
  • Preparing Food Supplements and Medications

2. In the Beginning

  • Bee Biology and Equipment
  • Receiving and Installing Bees
  • Releasing Queens

3. Things are Buzzing

  • The Brood Nest
  • Our Growing Hives
  • Migrating our Hives

4. A Mid-season Break

  • Re-queening
  • Queen Rearing
  • Package Production, Beekeeping Associations, Books and Periodicals

Part II

5. Diseases and Pests

  • Chalkboard, Sacbrood, Moths, Tracheal Mites
  • Varroa Mites and Queenlessness

6. Is Harvest Time

  • Extracting Honey
  • Packaging and Selling Honey
  • Commercial Honey Processing

7. Rounding out the Year

  • Overwintering Hives
  • Overwintering and One Story Hives
  • Second Season Management
  • Fall Management

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