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Swarm Prevention (Beekeeping)
February 23, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
The East Bay has a particularly long swarm season. Swarm prevention begins in February and continues through June. Be prepared! This class shows you how to keep ahead of your bees’ expansion and keep their broodnest open, so they don’t swarm. We’ll dive into bee biology and the natural urge for the bees to reproduce (swarm). This class will touch upon organizing your hive (e.g. where to move frames so they get the honey capped quickly, so you don’t have a multitude of uncapped honey). Lastly, we’ll cover how to catch a swarm.
We will touch upon splitting your hive in this class but not go into the details/how-to. We highly recommend you also take a class on Splitting Your Hive, as that is an effective way of keeping your hive from swarming especially as the spring stretches on.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She keeps up with her bees’ growth in early spring and splits her hives every year around April 1st (& sometimes a second time at the end of May). Her bees haven’t swarmed in 10+ years, though her hives mostly came from swarms she caught.
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