Author Archives: John Chesnut

Beginning Beekeeping Lecture

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2019 Kick-off Meeting

Spring Kick-off Meeting, Monday, February 18th, 6 PM

New location: Animal Care Clinic, 162 Cross St, San Luis Obispo, Ca
Clinic is just off Tank Farm Rd, 1 block north of lower Higuera St.

Monday, February 18th Meeting Highlights
• Early spring colony management
• Encouraging growth with hive checkerboarding and reversing
• Prevention of uncontrolled swarming
• Equipment and gear options
• Apiary expansion and splitting preview.
• Preparing for swarms

February hives are “brooding up” — the rapid expansion of the colony encouraged by the burst of spring flowers.
Learn how to manage and benefit from this sudden flush of growth.

August Meeting – SLO Grange – Mon. 8/15

Bright BeeNext meeting: Monday, Aug 15, 6:30-8:30, at SLO Grange Hall, 2880 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. Please bring $1.00 donation for room rental.
6:30-6:45 Networking
6:45-7:00 Welcome
7:00-7:45 Practicum: TBA
7:45-8:30 Meeting

July Meeting – Monday, July 18th


Next meeting: Monday, July 18, 6:30-8:30, at 6440 Corral de Piedra  near Edna on Hwy 227
From SLO: hwy. 227, right on Price Canyon Rd. Right immediately after railway tracks, onto Corral de Piedra. Continue on gravel to end of road. Look for signs.

We will start promptly at 6:30 with hive inspections lead by John Chesnut and John Hupp. Bring protective gear, a chair, and warm clothing for a cool evening.

John Chesnut will focus on detection and management of Varroa.   He will show assay using drone brood, and nurse bee sugar shakes.  His goal is for every beekeeper to adopt a Varroa management strategy that suits their risk tolerance.

Foundationless frames are frequently "all drone". These make an ideal target to assay Varroa loading in a hive.

Foundationless frames are frequently “all drone”. These make an ideal target to assay Varroa loading in a hive.