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HWBKA Beekeeping Course – Session 9

July 31 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 9 - Saturday 31st July (Horsted Green Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary)

  • Honey extraction.
  • Treatments for Varroa.
  • Methods of clearing bees from supers:
    • Clearing boards
    • Chemical fumigants
    • Brushing bees off
    • Blowers used by professionals
    • Pros & Cons of each method
    • Re-arranging full & part filled combs
  • Estimating what could be taken.
  • Practice “hefting” a hive – to gauge when supers are full
  • Potential of robbing & preventing spread of diseases.
  • After the honey is extracted the supers are still very wet with honey & given back to the bees to clean up.
  • Importance of keeping supers to the same hive they came off.
  • Honey will attract robbers & wasps. Reduce entrance to assist guarding bees.
  • Only replace the supers late in the afternoon / early evening to minimise robbing.


July 31
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Slab Castle Apiary
Cherry Garden Farm
Groombridge, Kent TN3 9NY United Kingdom
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