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Beekeeping 101

This will be a class for folks with bees on order for spring, or who want a comprehensive overview of what it takes to be a beekeeper in Austin.

This is a 2 1/2 hour class, covering types of bees, hive placement, equipment, city codes, pests, etc.

 

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  • Jeff

    The presenters were all very knowledgeable and seem to have a sincere passion for beekeeping. The class was very informative and beneficial for new and prospective beekeepers. Thanks to Lily for organizing the class, and I look forward to February's meetup.

    1 · January 21, 2013

    • Holly C.

      I second that. A great admiration for the super-organism that I haven't heard since reading science fiction in the 70's.

      1 · January 21, 2013

  • Wendy T.

    great class! Now that I've had a little experience with bees the class was even more helpful as I could really follow the subject matter and understand what was being discussed. It would be nice if we could arrange to have maybe a 4 hour class next time, so that each hour could be allocated for certain topics and still leave enough time for questions. Thanks to everyone who participated in setting up the class.

    1 · January 20, 2013

  • Ross B

    The content was great. The lady wearing the obama = socialism shirt being given a captive audience to advocate an NRA rally to felt inappropriate.

    1 · January 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was glad for the announcement of the 2nd amendment rally.

      January 20, 2013

    • Katerina

      Freedom of speech at it's best...haha. Hey and I lived through socialism and it didn't look like this! Wow I so want to write more, but what's the point....

      January 20, 2013

  • Katerina

    A lot of very basic information. I thought it will be more geared up towards this is what you need before your bees arrive and this is going to be your first couple of months work. I got my answers though I couldn't get anywhere else. Thank you.

    January 20, 2013

  • Lue C.

    I found the material very useful as a complete noob. However, I think it could have benefited from a sort of walkthrough from getting your Queen or your nuc and demonstrating how to safely set everything up. Perhaps some video footage?

    January 19, 2013

    • Holly C.

      I think there was too much to cover to get to everything, and sometimes the questions were a distraction from the flow of info. But you make a good point and others were probably expecting that also. You can find a lot of good info on YouTube and the B Weaver site has videos of installing package bees.

      January 19, 2013

    • Karl A.

      If you search for "installing a package of bees" on youtube, you will find tons of videos on how to setup a hive. You can also check out Lorie's video of her installation at http://www.mindingyou...­.

      January 20, 2013

  • Ryan M.

    I found the class very informative and applaud Goodwill, the organizers and presenters. Thank you for taking time to help encourage & guide people to make our city better. You can't learn it all in under 3 hours so it's up to you to research and reach out to find answers. Today was a great first step. I'm even more excited to get started now... And to the 2nd Amendment lady- taking 5 seconds to mention a rally for our rights, during the break, was much less distracting or a waste of time than the guy who interrupted the lesson asking about "lesbian queen bees who don't give a damn about mating!" Especially considering the federal crackdowns on raw & independent food producers, the suppression of health freedom, and the proliferation of genetically modified food. That said, I couldn't help but think of the line in Tommy Boy where the cops pull them over & he pretends to be chased by bees, saying "your firearms are useless against them!"

    January 19, 2013

  • Jim H.

    excellent starting point and a great way to get more people involved in beekeeping

    January 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I learned many things, but not sure I am a good fit for beekeeping yet.

    January 19, 2013

  • Holly C.

    OK, now. This just boggles my mind that 100 people are attending. Is that for real? I can't believe the attendance wasn't capped at a smaller number. It's great that so many people are interested, but wow!

    January 18, 2013

  • Jim H.

    I started a couple of hives last spring in my backyard. I feel like I've had a wonderful experience so far, but I'd like to find an experienced beekeeper in the group who might be willing to help me either re-queen my existing hives or help me do a hive split on my existing hives. I'm trying to reduce the chances of the existing hives swarming. I live in North Austin, off I35 and Braker in a residential neighborhood. I'm hoping to find an experienced beekeeper who can help me and give their guidance.

    January 12, 2013

    • Will A.

      Hey Jim, I live not to far away. I just west of Lamar and south of Kramer. I've had my hive for about a year. Hope to see you at the meeting.

      January 12, 2013

    • Jim H.

      I'm planning on attending the class next Saturday. Hope to see you there. I'm thrilled to find there's folks in the beekeeping community close by.

      January 12, 2013

  • Travis W.

    Sounds like just the class I need. I'm really interested in where I can order a nuc for the spring. I am looking forward to meeting some other Austin beekeepers and learning a few things. However, in the event I am somehow prevented from attending, can you give a pointer to a supplier from which I can get my order in for my bees?

    January 11, 2013

    • Katerina

      I ordered mine online from BeeWeaver Apiaries

      1 · January 11, 2013

  • Lue C.

    I'm an entomologist and I've always liked the idea of keeping bees - total n00b also so just wanted to get a feel for it. Looking forward to meeting some new folks :)

    January 10, 2013

  • Alicia V.

    Will there be any supplies available to buy at the class? If not, can you suggest a good local store?

    December 18, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Does anybody know if there ordinances preventing beekeeping in Cedar Park?

      Do HOAs typically prohibit beekeeping?

      Do you have to make your neighbors aware of your plans before installing your colony?

      Thank you. Looking forward to your help in getting started in this important eco-endeavour.

      January 10, 2013

    • Karl A.

      You should really order bees now if you are sure you will be starting a hive. If you wait a few months, there is a good chance apiaries will be sold out.

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anybody know if there ordinances preventing beekeeping in Cedar Park?

    Do HOAs typically prohibit beekeeping?

    Do you have to make your neighbors aware of your plans before installing your colony?

    Thank you. Looking forward to your help in getting started in this important eco-endeavour.

    January 10, 2013

  • Nathan R.

    I need Part or Full time work. I am a 5th Gen. Beekeeper from FL. I will be available immanently. I normally get $15-$25 an hr for my skills at other people farms. I am available until Feb 20th unless I find out other wise. I was arrested for Having a joint and my .45 under the passenger seat while visiting my mother in Williamson county. I am not a bad person nor a criminal and need money badly for my upcoming court coast. I am "The best help" that my father has ever had and I am a very fast learner as every operation is different. I have received over 30 stings in a day and most of the time I get through a week without a single sting. I am fast and very knowledgeable about how to work a colony. Please contact me with your information if you need help or give me a contact of somebody you know who is a commercial beekeeper. I will also make home calls and help those looking to start up as a hobby at a charge per job. [masked] or[masked]-8378. I have my own hive tool!!!

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it this time. I hope that you'll have a repeat of this event.

    December 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a link to a good reading list for wannabe beekeepers?

    December 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am unable to attend any class on a Saturday. Please consider a class on another day. If it is not possible (and you may have restrictions similar to mine) then I will satisfy myself with asking questions.

    December 24, 2012

  • Danielle J.

    Hi,
    does this class cost anything?

    December 17, 2012

  • Steven H.

    Hi Gang,

    I'm new to the list but need a spot of help. I will be harvesting a bit of honey this week using my extractor for the first time! I'm stoked! I will likely use a fork rather than anything technological to cut open the comb. Do you have recommendations about how to filter the honey? Or if I need to get a five gallon bucket with a special spigot at the bottom? Anything else? Where might I get these items in the next day or two (that is, not using any sort of shipping)? Thank!

    December 17, 2012

    • Jim Hogg (Daddy's B.

      Steven. Do not harvest your honey until spring, unless you wish to kill your bees!!!! They need the honey to make it through the winter. Any left over honey in the spring is yours! Harvesting honey now would cause your hive to starve to death this winter!!!!!!

      2 · December 18, 2012

  • Love B.

    Howdy AUB Group! I'm Becca. I just wanted to say that I'm really looking forward to meeting ya'll & attending the Beekeeping 101 class in January! My p-i-c & I are beekeeping newbies planning to start our first beehive in Spring. Right now, we're in the process of building our own top bar hives in preparation for our bees in Spring and we'd appreciate any information ya'll have to offer regarding top bar hive beekeeping. Thanks for sharing your knowledge & experience. I really appreciate it! I'm looking forward to meeting ya'll in January! Happy Holidays! -- ♥ Becca :)

    1 · December 10, 2012

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