Beginner Beekeeping Class
Saturday, March 24, 1-3 p.m. Oak Creek Commons 635 Nicklaus St.
Led by Erin Holden: We’ll discuss the basics of keeping bees; hive design and equipment, procuring bees, bee hierarchy, honey harvest and pest management.
To pre-register, text Erin at: 805-720-5992
Fee: $20 for CCBA club members. Will accept venmo. $15 club dues for 2018 – cash only please.
Central Coast Beekeepers’ Alliance Meeting
Monday, July 17, 2017
510 West Ormonde Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA
6:00 – 7:30 Apiary Visit – lead by John Hupp
7:30 – 8:00 Club Business
Please bring protective clothing. The meeting will be held outside, so please bring a chair and warm clothing.
John Chesnut is donating a starter colony, one box with bees. Raffle tickets will be for sale, $5 each. Drawing will be at the August meeting.
Take Hwy 227 south of SLO, turn right onto Price Canyon Rd., left onto West Ormonde Rd.
Apiary visit with John Hupp. Bring protective clothing and a chair.
From SLO take Hwy. 227, to Price Canyon Road west; at .3 mile take first right, immediately after railroad tracks, onto Corral de Piedra. Road turns to gravel after .2 miles. Continue to parking at a turn-around. The property is along the railroad tracks with a shed and a big gate into the property where the bees are. I will have a few signs up.
From Pismo take Price Canyon Rd, turn left before the railroad tracks, onto Corral de Piedra.
John Chesnut led a Nuc building workshop today and each participant went home with a new “hive.” We learned about setting up the queen excluder in advance, how to pick frames to populate the new nuc, how to install a queen cage, what to watch for, and some other tidbits of information. It was very informative and the bees were quite nice. Thank you John
48 hours in advance, brood is shaken free of bees and moved above a QE. The frames will be queenless, but heavily attended by nurse bees. Eggs above the excluder age out, so queencells won’t complicate the introduction of a mated queen.
Frames are pulled and arranged in boxes. One open comb, one pollen frame, two brood frames, one honey frame. Brood frames go in the center of the nuc.
Queens are pulled from a bank. Cages are kept corked for 2-3 days, and then the candy cork is opened. A further 2 days allows the hive to open the candy. Only at day 5-6 is a passage through the candy drilled.
Ideal brood frames are mostly capped brood, so nurse bees are quickly available to tend the growing hive.
Workshop participant scanning a nuc frame for eggs and brood