Richard Reid will present:
Splits and Nucs – Expand and Sustain your Beekeeping
Richard will explain the basics for sustaining your apiary using your own bees to ensure that you always have bees to work with, and in the process, give you a higher degree of understanding of your beekeeping hobby, sideline, or business. The goal is more satisfaction and enjoyment from your beekeeping.
Richard Reid started beekeeping when it was easy to be a “beehaver” in the early 70s. That first spring, the trial by fire consisted of catching 9 swarms out of the handful of broken down hives at the rental house in Giles County. He thought tanging was the way to make a swarm settle down from their flight. A couple bee classes, and books and pamphlets, were all that was needed to harvest honey and make splits every year. Then varroa came in the early 90s. All Richard’s bees died out by 1995 and he ordered his first package of bees. It died in two months. The equipment was stored for about almost a dozen years until 12 years ago when he started beekeeping the second time.
In an effort to become a fulltime beekeeper, Richard tried to retire from a career in construction almost 5 years ago. It’s been a little up and down, but out of the last 12 years he has managed to expand his operation each of those years except one. The management has changed to adapt to problems, but the one most important thing that makes his operation sustainable is expansion through splitting and utilizing nucleus colonies.
Please join us on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 6:30 pm on Zoom. A meeting invitation, with connection information, will be sent to members prior to the meeting.
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