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 native Irish black 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 us a unique product. We keep around 15 colonies of Irish Black Bees, the native Irish subspecies of Apis mellifera mellifera Hibernica. To avoid varroa and competition, we put the hive by groups of 2 or 3 and we have 8 small apiaries scattered in prime locations where no tillage (oild seed rape or fodder beans) could affect the well being of the bees and the quality of our honey. The result has been amazing and in 2018 we had only 6% winter/spring losses without feeding/treatment/intrusive management practices. We lost 1 hive out of 16! Which is still too much when you consider than average losses of Black bees in the French conservatoire of Ouessant in Brittany is only 3%. A goal to aim for!
The cost of this course is 90 euro 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