How to Make Summer Nucs – Hands-on Workshop – Saturday, June 16, 2012

1pm –4pm
Location: Cumberland County Beekeepers Club Hives
Windham ME

Presenter: Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes

How to Make Summer Nucs -  Hands-on Workshop

How to Make Summer Nucs - Hands-on Workshop

This will be a hands-on workshop utilizing the Cumberland County Beekeepers Association’s club hives to make 4 summer nucs for the purpose of wintering over for following year use. (Two nucs per each full sized colony.)

Northern raised queens from Michael Palmer of French Hill Apiaries will be utilized to head the newly made colonies.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of making their own summer nucs as well as receive instruction on preparing the new colonies for wintering.

Divided nuc box and homasote inner covers

Divided nuc box and homasote inner covers

Each registered Participant will leave the workshop with two queens and one divided hive body so they can make up their own nucs in their home apiary.   This requires at least one strong healthy queenright colony in the beekeeper’s own yard.

This workshop is not designed for first year beekeepers.  2+ years of beekeeping experience is recommended.  (Divided nuc box and homasote inner covers only will be provided.  Beekeeper will also need a bottom board (preferably solid) and a telescoping cover.)

The purpose of this workshop is to begin educating our membership in methods of sustainable apiary management, as facilitated by wintering nucleus colonies.

The workshop price includes two queens and one divided hive body to contain the nucs.

Participation is limited to 20 people.

Swarm Workshop Wednesday April 25th, 2012

Cumberland County Beekeepers Association Presents:

Swarm Prevention, Management, and Capture

Hands-on Workshop

Wednesday April 25th, 2013
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Mabel I. Wilson School, North Yarmouth Maine

Presenter: Erin MacGregor-Forbes, Master Beekeeper

Swarm Trap

Swarm Trap

This will be a lecture style workshop discussing the causes of, and reasons for, honeybee swarms. How to manage and reduce the swarm impulse in your own colonies, how to make splits (artificial swarms) and how to capture swarms once they have left the colony.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of how to assess their colonies’ swarm preparations, how to make a split, what to have on hand to be ready to capture swarms, and how to make a “Swarm Trap.”

Each registered participant will leave the workshop with one plant pot style swarm trap ready for use in his or her own apiary.

The purpose of this workshop is to begin educating our membership in methods of sustainable apiary management and prevention of nuisance bee issues.

Cost this year is $35 for Cumberland County Beekeepers Association paid members (a savings of $10 from last years cost) and $45 for non CCBA members and it includes the “swarm trap”.   Participation is limited to 30 registrations. Please use the form below to register or click the link on the MSBA website and use the pay pal function. April 20th will be the cutoff date for mail in registrations.