Bindaree Bee Supplies and Wins Creek Meadery are offering a unique beekeeping course. Bindaree will provide instruction on the Art & Science of Beekeeping and Wins Creek Meadery will be catering on both days. What better way to spend a weekend away, enjoying and learning about these fascinating creatures.
Whether you have a flow hive, Langstroth, top bar or Warre hive, the principles of beekeeping are the same. Art & Science is a two-day course covering what we know about bees and how to look after them. The Science of beekeeping will cover bee genetics, biology and disease control. The Art of beekeeping involves actual hands on experience working with these animals and constructing the frames and hives for them to live in.
Four course dates are offered with a limit of 10 people per course. Course attendees get priority bookings for honey bee colonies to start their new adventure. For the November and December courses, you could bring your hive and bees home with you after finishing the course.
7-8 Sept 2019, 12-13 Oct 2019, 2-3 Nov 2019, 7-8 Dec 2019
The Art and Science of Beekeeping is a unique weekend course combining practical instruction and hands-on beekeeping. Course instructors, Michael and Warren have combined beekeeping experience of more than 25 years. Warren is an expert in Natural Beekeeping with Warre hives. Michael is a commercial honey producer and business owner, his qualifications can be viewed on Linkdin.
The Science part of the course will cover what we know about the biology and behaviour of these fascinating creatures. The Art of beekeeping will involve hands-on beekeeping experience. You will learn how to build your own bee hive, construct beeswax frames and assemble and paint hive boxes. We will examine bees first hand, in three different systems including Langstroth, Top Bar and Warre hives. The apiary is located in Murrumbateman about 1 km from Bindaree and Wins Creek.
Morning tea and lunch both days are included at Win’s Creek Meadery.
Murrumbateman is an ideal tourist destination. It is surrounded by Cool Climate Wine Country and on the doorstep of the Nation’s Capital. Wins Creek Meadery and Bindaree Bee Supplies are located in the historic Traveller’s Rest Inn, ca. 1879.
A course outline is as follows:
Day 1 (10 am to 4 pm)
Evolution of honey bees and flowering plants
Life stages and forms of honeybees
Queenbees and Drones
Swarming behaviour – How to reduce the risk of swarming and catch them if they do
The Natural Hive
The Domesticated Hive – What type of hive should I get? We’ll cover Langstroth, Flow, Warre and Top Bar Hives.
Hive & Frame Construction
We will construct and paint a timber hive, including the lid, base and boxes. You will show you how to assemble, wire and attach beeswax foundation to frames. If you have an unassembled Flow Hive and would like to bring that to the course, we can help you with assembling it.
Day 2 (10.00 pm to 4.00 pm)
Pests & Diseases
Honey and other products of the hive
Bee stings and allergies
Honey extraction, feeding, and hive maintenance
Lunch, includes mead tasting
Hands-on Beekeeping Experience
Inspect Langstroth, Warre and Top Bar hives, in situ.
- $95.00 – $110.00Bees and Smoke From: T & M Weatherhead Date: Sunday, 9 February 2003 5:15 PM Whilst working my cell builders this morning, I got to thinking about smoke and bees. Bee-L has had a lot of discussion on what fuel to use in the smoker but why does it work? I have heard the old story we tell young children of how smoke makes the bees think it is a bush fire and they gore honey, are full and cannot move properly and hence are quiet. Most logical is that smoke disrupts the pheromone communication within the hive by the bees. But then we use all sorts of fuel in our smokers so it would seem that it does not matter what the source of the smoke is but that it is smoke. So can we use something that will stir the bees up enough so as to overcome the disruptive nature of the pheromone communication? Trevor Weatherhead AUSTRALIA From: Peter Borst Date: Monday, 10 February 2003 1:15 AM Greetings Having worked with bees for almost 30 years, I have reached the following conslusion: Smoke intoxicates the honey bee. The symptoms appear very similar to alcohol intoxication in humans. Sure, it affects communication, but I think this is a secondary effect due to their fuzzied responses. I think the primary effect is that it dulls their awareness, which accounts for the lack of defensive response -- and lowers their inhibitions, which causes them to gorge on honey. Normally the bees protect the hive and its honey stores with great vigilance, except when it's very warm and they are on a serious honey flow. Then, they seem to be too concerned about their work too worry about anything else. But what about drumming? I wonder how THAT works? (for anyone who does not know it, if you drum rhythmically on a hive they will eventually pour out of it)