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We're a social group of people who are interested in getting together to chat about honeybees and other pollinators, share books and ideas on the subject and establish some cooperatively managed honeybee colonies around town. Right now “Colony Collapse Disorder” (CCD) and other diseases threaten our honeybee population. We need to discover more about how we can help them, and make sure they are here to pollinate the flowers and fruits of future generations. While there is limited consensus about the causes of CCD, most experts agree on one important thing--If more colonies are established and maintained according to the best practices then there will be more survivors of the "plague". Throughout the world, people in urban areas are cooperatively cultivating bees using shared resources to build up bee populations, enhance public education and to cultivate their own communities--not to mention producing their own honey. We're looking for experienced beekeepers, wannabe beekeepers, or anyone just interested in meeting others who are interested in honeybees, bee products, or native pollinators. If you would like to become part of the solution by taking part in our urban beekeeping project in Austin, if you have some insight or expertise to lend, or if you're just interested in finding out more, please sign up!

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  • 5 days ago · 7:00 PM

    June Meeting

    59 Austin Beekeepers | 5.00

    Lance Wilson will be presenting on Brood Diseases.

  • May 16 · 7:00 PM

    May Meeting

    79 Austin Beekeepers | 5.00

    Meeting Topic: Varroa Management Through IPM. ( Presenter Lance Wilson)  An effective Varroa management system is essential.  The Varroa mite kills more colonies yearly... Learn more

  • April 18 · 7:00 PM

    April Meeting

    72 Austin Beekeepers | 5.00

    As a follow up to our March presentation on installation a package, April's Meeting will focus on the first inspection after installing bees. It will be geared primarily... Learn more

  • March 21 · 7:00 PM

    March Meeting

    77 Austin Beekeepers | 5.00

    March's topic will be bee package installation by Terry Spencer. This presentation will be geared towards new beekeepers who will be installing their first package in... Learn more

  • February 8 · 7:00 PM

    February Meeting

    63 Austin Beekeepers | 4.50

    First Spring Inspection and Swarm Prevention

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    Dodie S.

    "Put a notice up on Craig's list under the farm or ag areas to say you are looking for a place to host your bees. I did that when I first got started, got a few offers! Also start attending the monthly meetings, the one with this group...."

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    Jackie Jackie joined
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    Tony T.

    "Hey folks, I just became interested of bees - I have zero practical experience :-), but I'm planing to test the water next year and start with one (or maybe two) hives. I live in NW Austin and my backyard is pretty small...."

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    Alex Alex joined
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    Z. W. Z. W. replied to Need 8-frame super ASAP
    3 days ago
    Z. W.

    "If anyone is ever in need of woodenware, I have a full shop. I can build it pretty fast. I know what it's like. I did a removal and had to build 2 bee hives entirely from scratch in 2 days...."

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    Z. W. Z. W. replied to Queen Bee (latest of 2)
    3 days ago
    Z. W.

    "I'm curious as to the temperament of those queens. I've heard rather negative experiences with them. I purchased VHS queens from Wildflowersmead­ows.com in Vista California. I had Africanized hybrid bees previous and yes 1st year bee keeper...."

  • New Discussion Reply
    Z. W.

    "Yes, you made a typical mistake. Bee hive colonies that swarm have plenty of swarm cells/queen cells. Why? Because they know they're bailing the house, but not with all of the bees. Nurse bees do not fly or so I am told...."

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    Z. W. Z. W. replied to Pre-swarm Management
    3 days ago
    Z. W.

    "You can always put a queen excluder on the front of the entrance. They won't swarm with out the queen is what I hear........(wi­nk wink)"

 

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