Spring Management/ Splitting a Bee Hive

(weather permitting, no raindate has been set)

Location: 283 Windsor Drive, Stillwater Lake, Halifax                                     Time:  Sunday June 4/17 at 2pm

Hosted by: Corey Bergman of Topbarhoneybeeco.

Please bring your protective bee gear if you have some and we are going to look into a Halifax Honeybee Hive and split the hive into two hives, and learn how this is done as well as discuss some spring management techniques. If you do not have the gear, you are welcome to attend and observe, there is occasionally a chance of being stung by a bee.  It will be a great opportunity to ask questions and see how the split is done.  Looking forward to seeing our members there!

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The Halifax Honeybee society will be hosting a workshop on building a wooden hive.   It will be located at “Hands on Halifax”, located on Almon Street in Halifax,  hosted by Marcel Boudreau, who is a member of Halifax Honeybee Society.  We will be building two hives and learning the techniques for same.  Date is May 17/17, and time will be in evening, (we will announce when plans are confirmed), One hive is for the society and the other will be raffled off at the end of the evening.  We are charging a small admission fee of $10 each, this will give you a ticket to enter the draw for the hive.  We would request an RSVP please, just to be sure of the people we can accommodate. Please RSVP to lorraineyerian@gmail.com.   We look forward to seeing you!

This is our 2017 Workshop Line-up!

  1. HOW TO BUILD A LANGSTROTH WOODEN HIVE (MAY 17/17)
  2. SPRING MANAGEMENT: SPLITTING A HIVE (JUNE 4/17)
  3. PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS (JUNE TBA)
  4. TOP BAR BEE HIVES (JULY TBA)
  5. PRODUCTS FROM THE HIVE (AUGUST 19/17)
  6. HONEY EXTRACTION DEMO/ PURCHASE (SEPT 9/17)
  7. BEGINNER BEEKEEPING COURSE (OCTOBER TBA)

Hello Fellow Bee Enthusiasts!

We are in the midst of planning out our 2017 season and need your help! Whether you have bees or don’t, we would love to have some motivated folks join the group to take the HHBS to the next level.

Annual Halifax Honeybee Society Meeting
May 6 at 11 am
11 Burns Drive
Halifax

Please email us if you have any questions, or if you’re interested in becoming an organizer but can’t make the meeting.

We hope to see you there!

Thanks!
HHBS

I am pleased to announce our first Halifax HoneyBee Society Meeting of 2017 !

We will be having a presentation by Roger Morash, of Ashhill Farm, a knowledgeable Apiarist who has over 100 hives in Meagher’s Grant.  He  has been a lecturer at the Dalhousie series of the Modern Beekeeper and has a great deal of experience and knowledge to share.

Roger will be talking about Spring Hive Care and what to expect when you open the hives in spring as well as what he uses as his first line of care and treatment.   He will also have time for other questions.  This is a very informal presentation and will be hosted by Lorraine and Jim Yerian at their home.

Date: February 23, 2017 from 6-8pm

The address is: 11 Burns Drive, Halifax.

Please RSVP by email to:  lorraineyerian@gmail.com.  This is informal but we just need an idea of how many will be attending.  If there is a storm we will TRY to reschedule but we do not have a storm date at present.  (Lets hope the worst is over this week.)  We look forward to meeting everyone.  New members welcome!!  Anyone will enjoy this presentation from beginner to advanced.  There is always something new to learn in beekeeping and good stories to share!  Tea and coffee will be served.

Thank you and Stay Safe in the Stormy Weather! Hope all your Bees are Happy and Tucked in Warm and Safe too!

Hi everyone,

We are having our Honey Extraction Workshop this weekend and welcome anyone and everyone to join the fun! Feel free to bring any frames you would like to extract, including jars. Even if you don’t have honey to extract, come join the festivities and learn about honey!

When: Sunday, September 25th
Time: 1:30pm
Where: 219 Brookside Road (15 mins from Exhibition Park)

Hope to see you there!

Hi everyone,

Our next workshop will be on Top Bar Hives! See below for the details!

What?  Top Bar Workshop

When?  11:00AM on Saturday 30 July 2016

Where? 36 MacFarlane Street.  Lake Echo.

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Agenda?

Types of top bar hives:

Kenyan

Tanzanian

Langstroth long

Warre hive

Sun Hive

 

Advantages

Less disruptive inspections

Less lifting

All natural comb

View window

Can be built fairly cheaply, or out of scrap wood

 

Disadvantages

Need for more frequent inspections/manipulations/harvesting

Combs sometimes collapse/break off the bar.

Difficult to find nucs/packages for Tanzanian/Kenyan style.

Small top bar community and lack of standard hive dimensions make sharing difficult

 

Harvesting

Crush and strain

Cut comb

 

Overwintering issues

Condensation

Placement of stores vs brood

 

Management

Feeding

Swarm prevention

Keeping the bees drawing straight comb

Techniques for handling comb to insure it does not break