Beekeeping Courses and other Resources for
Managing Honeybees in Idaho
Intermediate Beekeeping Workshop, July 29, 2023
Now that you have honey bees, how do you take care of them? This Intermediate Beekeeping Workshop taught by Master Beekeeper Ward Hicks will teach you how to properly manage your hives for optimum health and productivity. This one-day course will be offered on Saturday, July 29, 2023.
The workshop will consist of two parts. The first part will be classroom instruction from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Madison County Administration Building located at 134 E Main St, in Rexburg, Idaho.
After the classroom instruction participants will be offered a hands-on practice at an apiary located about 3 miles west of Rexburg. Students will travel to the apiary and then practice what they’ve learned by inspecting and working with actual hives. Participants should bring their own protective gear, a hive tool and a smoker.
The workshop will conclude at the apiary at 1 p.m.
This workshop will focus on the following topics:
- Hive inspections. How to properly manipulate the hive with the least amount of disturbance. Utilizing the smoker appropriately and the use of bare-handed techniques.
- Identifying queens, drones, workers and brood in various stages along with their health conditions.
- Record keeping. How to keep track of when and what is done each time you inspect.
- Analyzing diseases and pests. This will include techniques for identifying American foulbrood, European foulbrood, Chalkbrood, Sacbrood , Nosema, Parasitic Mite Syndrome and the debilitating viruses associated with Varroa Destructor
- Methods for treating and managing disease.
- Evaluating for Varroa mite presence in the hive
- Proper treatment for Varroa mites
- Making splits and creating nucs
- Requeening the hive and techniques for marking your queens
- Swarm mitigation, supering techniques and honey harvesting tips
Cost for the course is $79 per person. A discount ticket for two ($130) is available for those who want to bring a partner and share materials. (No extra fees. Sales tax and other fees are included in the ticket price.)
All participants will receive a packet of class materials and a special mite monitoring device (Varroa EasyCheck by Veto-pharma). Class size is limited, so be sure to register early.
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For more information contact Ward Hicks at 208-403-6633 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org