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Beekeeping Class

Monday, February 16, 2016

(This is a National Holiday)



The classes will be held at StayBridge Suites 

Beekeeping - Beginner to Commercial

February 15, 2016

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 Amarillo, TX  RSVP

StayBridge Suites

36 Western Plaza Drive,

Amarillo, Texas - 79109


Fee:  $25.00 to cover conference room

(We will give you a credit of $25 towards the purchase of bees)



We will break for lunch, but Louella and I will remain to answer questions.  You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and stay with us.  We will have coffee, tea and honey for refreshments.


Below is a class agenda.  We will begin registration at 8:30 A.M. and Bthen begin the classes at 9:00 A.M.  We will cover the classes in the order you see below and break for refreshments about every hour.  We will take questions throughout the class and will diverge from time to time.  We will break for lunch, but Louella and I will remain to answer any questions. You may bring a lunch if you like and stay and ask questions.  Please bring note taking material and your favorite tea to drink with our various varieties of honey.  We will have a coffee machine with individual K-Cups of Starbucks coffee.  There is no cost for the class.


You may order bees, products and purchase honey at the class.




8:30 9:00      Sign in & welcome


9:00 9:30      Starting with Bees

Why keep bees; Who can bees; Where to keep bees; What bees need; Various types of hive to keep bees in; Products of the hive; Types of bees - what is best for you; Types of hives - what is best for you and your bees


9:30 9:45      What do you really need to start keeping bees

Types of bees - what is best for you; Where to purchase bees and bee supplies;  A review of the various beekeeping supplies and how they are used; What do you really need to start keeping bees


9:45 10:00        Break


10:00 10:15      Installing package bees;  Problems with package bees; what to watch for after installation;     Setting up your hive


10:15 10:30      Working with bees; protective clothing; how to use a smoker, hive tool and various equipment


10:30 10:45      Feeding Bees


10:45 11:00      Swarms; Swarm prevention; Bees on a shoestring; Capturing bees; problems with swarms


11:00 11:15      Nucleus (nucs) hives and single hives


11:15 11:30      When to give a hive a new queen


11:30 11:45      What do I do next


11:45 12:00      Products of the hive


12:00 1:00   Break for Lunch


1:00 1:15   Financial benefits of keeping bees


1:15 1:30   Bees and tax benefits and the reporting of income


1:30 1:45   Agricultural exemption for property tax


1:45 2:00   Agricultural exemption for property tax


2:00 2:15   Harvesting products from the hive


2:15 2:30   Break


2:30 2:45   Marketing and selling products from the hive


2:45 3:00   Adding additional space for bees


3:00 3:15   Pests and diseases of the hive and how to prevent and treat


3:15 3:30   Increasing your hives and growing your business


3:30 3:45   Raising Queens and how packages and nucs are made


3:45 4:00   What do I need to do to prepare for winter


4:00 4:15   What do I do different for the second and third year

4:15 5:00   Moving bees and other miscellaneous subjects of interest