Author Archives: John Chesnut
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.
Next 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.
7:00-7:45 Practicum: TBA
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.