Hosted by Paul Zelenski of Hometown Hives
Saturdays: July 14, Sept 8, and Nov 10 - 9am to noon
Location: All three sessions on Saturdays from 9am to noon in the bee yard at the Madison Audubon Society Goose Pond Bird Sanctuary, Arlington, WI.
Join us in the apiary for this hands-on course that will help you prepare your hives for winter. During this three-session course, I will teach you techniques that will give your bees the best chance of surviving our harsh Wisconsin winters. You will leave with the required knowledge and the equipment* needed for winterizing two hives, including Varroa mite treatments, pollen, sugar, etc. Three-session course including equipment for winterizing two hives. All equipment supplied is for a standard langstroth 10-frame hive body. Bring your veil and a desire to learn what your bees need for winter!
or send a check to Paul Oliphant, 1617 Woodvale Drive, Madison WI 53716.
Cancellations after July 1 will be assessed a $50 non‐refundable fee.
- Ensuring Healthy Bees 9am to noon, Saturday, July 14, 2018
- Basics of what makes a healthy hive for winter
- Requeening with a ready to emerge virgin queen
- Measuring your mite load with a sugar roll
- Treating for Varroa mite with approved and environmentally safe methods
- Fall nectar flow and developing stores: what to watch for
- Building Colony Strength 9am to noon, Saturday, September 8, 2018
- Post treatment mite load measurement
- Evaluation of colony health and strength
- Fall feeding for winter stores
- Placement of mouse guards
- Final Winter Preparations 9am to noon, Saturday, November 10, 2018
- Possible winter varroa mite treatments, if needed
- Winter feeding, emergency winter stores
- Moisture prevention
- Winter hive management: what to watch for and how to deal with it
- Optional: Why and when to use a winter hive wrap
Email your questions about the training to firstname.lastname@example.org Download, print, and share this training with the Beekeeping 2018 Winter Survival Training flyer (pdf).