We keep bees in Warre hive which is a French system inspired from the traditional skep beekeeping. The bees are provided with empty boxes and they self build their own natural combs. The bees are selected and we take the surplus honey leaving plenty of stores for the winter. The honey combs are crushed and pressed which gives a unique product. We keep around 18 colones of Irish Black Bees, the native Irish subspecies. To avoid varroa and competition, we put the hive by group of 2 or 3 and we have 7 small apiaries scattered in prime locations where no tillage could affect the well being of the bees and the quality of our honey. Sometimes when the season is good, we sell some honey through " The good earth" in Kilkenny and "Bowe's food hall and cafe" in Durrow.
The cost of this course is90euro per person.
It is a full day course. It starts at 10h and finishes at 15h.
Ø Basics of a bee nest
Ø Construction (Warre system and Delon system, Japanese system)
Ø How to preserve the hive?
Ø Starting from scratch (Amm, location, where to buy?)
Ø Managing the increase. (split, shook swarm, varroa, winter store, requeening)
Ø Bait hives (use)
Ø Driving bees with sound and smoke
Ø Honey harvest (gravity, press, melting of the pressed cake)
Ø Wax (melting)
Ø Propolis (varnish for the hive)
Ø Pollen (leave it to the bees)Ø Mead and honey cake from the melting of pressed cake