Introduction to Beekeeping – Course

Tribes’ beekeeping courses have been increasingly popular over the years since they began.
Numbers are limited.

This Course includes membership if you paid the higher price of €160.

If you would like to have membership and all its benefits included with your course fee, please click the link below where we include the membership fee at a discount for beginners doing this course.

Course + Membership

The course will start on Thursday the 7th of March – registration at 7pm, class at 7:30pm – 9pm and run for 6 consecutive weeks.

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Introduction to Beekeeping – Course

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Course Content

The course will:

  • Start on Thursday the 7th of March
  • Registration at 7pm,
  • Class at 7:30pm – 9pm
  • Runs for 6 consecutive weeks.

A Colony of Honeybees

The student will be:

  • aware of the need for care when handling a colony of honeybees

  • aware of the reactions of honeybees to smoke

  • aware of the personal equipment needed to open a colony of honeybees

  • able to open a colony of honeybees and keep the colony under control

  • able to demonstrate the use of smoke

  • able to demonstrate the use of the hive tool

  • able to remove combs from the hive and identify worker, drone and queen cells or cups if present and to comment on the state of the combs

  • able to identify members of the three castes, identify brood at all stages

  • able to demonstrate the difference between drone, worker, and honey cappings

  • able to identify stored nectar, honey and pollen

  • able to catch a few worker bees and put them in a matchbox or carrying cage for disease diagnosis

Beekeeping Equipment

The student will be:

  • able to name the parts of a modem beehive

  • aware of the concept of the bee space and its significance in the modern hive

  • able to assemble a frame and fit it with wax foundation

  • aware of the reasons for the use of wax foundation

  • aware of the various spacings of combs in the brood chamber and super for both foundation and drawn comb

Natural History of the Honeybee

The student will be:

  • able to give an elementary account of production of queens, workers and drones in the honeybee colony

  • aware of the existence of laying workers and drone laying queens

  • able to specify the periods spent by each caste in the four stages of its life cycle (egg, larva, pupa, adult)

  • able to give an elementary description of the function of the members of each caste if the life of the colony

  • able to give a simple description of wax production and comb building by the honeybee

  • able to give a simple definition of nectar and describe how it is collected and brought back to the hive

  • able to name the main local flora from which honeybees gather pollen and nectar

  • able to give a simple description how nectar is converted into honey

  • aware of the use of nectar and honey in the life of the colony

  • aware of the collection of water and its uses in the colony

  • able to give a simple description of the collection of pollen and its importance in the life of the colony

  • able to describe the origins, collection, and use of propolis in the honeybee colony

  • able to give an elementary description of swarming in a honeybee colony

  • able to give an elementary description of the way in which the honeybee colony passes the winter period

Beekeeping

The student will be:

  • able to give an elementary description of the siting of colonies

  • able to give an elementary description of the year’s work in the apiary and the management of a colony throughout a season

  • able to describe how and when to feed bees and the preparation of syrup

  • aware of the need to add supers and the timing of the operations

  • aware of the use of the queen excluder

  • able to give an elementary account of one method of swarm control

  • able to describe how to take a honeybee swarm and how to hive it

  • aware of the condition of queenlessness

  • able to describe the signs of laying workers and a drone laying queen

  • aware of the dangers of robbing and how robbing can be avoided

Bee Disease and Poisoning

The student will:

  • be able to describe the Varroa mite, know how to test for its presence in the hive and be aware of the main methods of treatment

  • be able to describe the signs of American Foul Brood (AFB) and European Foul Brood (EFB)

  • be able to describe the appearance of healthy brood and how it differs from diseased brood or chilled brood

  • be aware of acarine, nosema and amoeba and their effect upon the colony

  • know how to obtain expert assistance if any disease or poisoning by toxic chemicals is suspected

Harvesting Honey and Wax

The student will be:

  • able to describe the methods used to clear honeybees from supers

  • able to describe the process of the extraction of honey from supers

  • aware of the value of bees to farmers and growers and of the hiring of colonies for pollination services

  • able to describe a way in which comb can be stored to prevent wax moth damage

  • able to describe a way by which mice can be excluded from the hives in winter.

This course does not include the handling of live bees.