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Poor handling of honey bee colonies results in a beekeeper muddling through despite grumpy bees; in a different set of hands those colonies could be a pleasure to work with. Practical beekeeping skills are learnt mostly from others, yet a lot of what is taught is clumsy or ill-considered, however well-intentioned.
Using pictures and videos we will discuss and demonstrate some of the underlying skills for handling honey bee colonies. Our approach has been honed through many years of managing large numbers of colonies, and we aim to be sympathetic, efficient, and instinctive in our ways. From simple principles of how to move, hold, shake, and replace frames, to effective use of smoker and tools, we will extend into more complex inspections and manipulations, and discuss safe techniques for holding, marking, and caging queens without using gadgets.
About Ken Basterfield, NDB
Ken was first introduced to bees at 6 years old, but began beekeeping upon graduating in 1971. He increased in numbers until running 150 colonies by 1979, running these as a semi-commercial outfit in parallel with his day job.
Ken took his BBKA Preliminary, Intermediate, Senior, and Senior Practical certificates, before obtaining his National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) in 1996. During that time, he completed a wide range of beekeeping including stock selection and breeding from the best locally-adapted performers & extensive queen raising.
Ken has tried out most of the management techniques on large scale trials leading to ‘best fit’ tools and techniques for his own beekeeping environment.