October - Beekeeping for Beginners 2 Day Course

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Jerrabomberra Wetlands Apiary

2 Dairy Road Fyshwick

Canberra, 2609


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Keen to solidify some basic beekeeping skills? This two day workshop will provide you with great foundation knowledge and skills.

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The course objective is to provide a sound theoretical and practical grounding for would be amateur backyard beekeepers who wish to manage beehives in an urban environment. Emphasis will be placed upon students gaining the necessary knowledge and practical skills in order to confidently apply, in a residential environment, safe beekeeping and sound biosecurity practices.

Course leader: Cormac Farrell

Tutors: Sarah Asls Sha’Non, John Grubb, Lyn Shiels, John Darvil,

In order to provide a safe environment for the classroom component, we ask that people ensure that they are vaccinated (where possible with their age group) when booking the courses. Please contact the course convener if there are any questions or concerns.

Course text: BEEAGSKILLS (included in price for all attendees)

Day 1: First Saturday 10-4

Session 1 Bees and Hives

Bee Biology and Behaviour

  • Castes, anatomy, life cycle, pheromones, queen production ie emergency, supersedure, swarming
  • Feral hives
  • Managed hives
  • Protective clothing, tools
  • Methods and hints
  • Use of smoke
  • Bee Stings
  • Legal Requirements
  • Allergic reactions

Practical Session 1 – depends on conditions and state of bee colonies

- Handling techniques

- Identifying honey, pollen and brood

- Identifying the queen bee, workers and drones

Session 2 – Selecting the right hive for you

Review of Session 1 – burning questions

Hive and Components

  • Boxes: Construction, preservation, painting, dipping, branding
  • Frame types: wooden with wax foundation, wooden with plastic foundation, plastic frames
  • Bases and lids
  • Hive mats
  • Queen excluder
  • Closers and straps

Starting your first hive

  • Financial outlay
  • Buying established hive or nucleus, splitting a hive ie three ways of establishing a colony.
  • Catching a swarm (Video)
  • Buying second hand equipment, hazards
  • Placing of hives, Selecting a site, water, shade and ventilation
  • Neighbours and public
  • Keeping placid bees (including Code of Practice compliance)

Practical demonstration: Langstroth frame assembly and wiring

Practical at the hives– students to experience a different tutor and hive style

Day 2: Second Saturday 10-4

Session 3 – Pests and Diseases and Products of the Hive

Review of Session 2

  • Identify three ways of starting a beehive.
  • What would be the approximate cost to start beekeeping (equipment) plus one beehive with 3 boxes?
  • What would you do about an aggressive beehive?
  • How would you minimise problems with neighbours?

Hazards to bees

  • Diseases
  • Pests
  • Pesticides

Hazards to beekeepers

  • Incorrect lifting of boxes
  • Dehydration
  • Operating on uneven ground
  • Being stung
  • Theft/vandalism

Honey and wax

  • Extracting, refining, presentation, sale
  • Wax melters
  • Wax use

Beekeepers Association of the ACT - Benefits of membership

Practical Session – depends on conditions and state of bee colonies and may include:

- Demonstration - Hiving a swarm

- Demonstration – Splitting a hive

- Demonstration – Uniting two bee hives

- Checking for queen cells and searching for the queen

- Handling frames

- General hive management

- Harvest excess honey

Session 4 – The beekeeping year

Review of Session 3

  • What pests and diseases are you likely to encounter in the ACT? What are some hazards to beekeepers?
  • Why might a beekeeper send hives and bee equipment to Sydney for irradiation?

Seasonal Activities


  • Prepare for swarming
  • Check food supplies
  • Check for queen
  • Check for disease
  • Take swarm prevention measures
  • Requeen
  • Replace brood frames every four years


  • Move hives
  • Harvest honey


  • Check protective gear, bees angrier in Autumn
  • Autumn feeding
  • Shutdown before Anzac Day


  • Build and repair equipment
  • External ‘heft’ test of hives

How to move a hive

Practical session – depends on conditions and state of bee colonies

At the hives:

- Demonstration - Re-queening

- Demonstration - Increasing number of hives – creating a nucleus colony

- Demonstration – splitting a hive

- Lifting frames of brood to make more room

- Disease inspection

- General hive management

Final questions and course evaluation questionnaire

*Course days are Saturdays only.

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Jerrabomberra Wetlands Apiary

2 Dairy Road Fyshwick

Canberra, 2609


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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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