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Planning Ahead for your First Hives

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice many aspects of what is necessary to get the colony started and keep it healthy and thriving. At the end of the course participants will be knowledgeable about installing honey bee packages, monitoring their own colonies and possible challenges with maintaining a healthy colony.


Dr. Elina L. Niño and Bernardo Niño,

Lecture modules will cover:

• Honey bee biology

• Beekeeping equipment

• How to start your colony

• Maladies of the hive


Practical modules will cover:

• How to build a hive

• How to install a package

• Inspecting your hive

• Monitoring for varroa mites



The course size is limited to 25 participants per session. Please bring your bee suit/veil if you own one! The $95 registration fee covers the cost of course materials (including a hive tool), snacks, lunch and refreshments on the day of the course. The course will be held at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on UC Davis campus. For directions visit: http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/map.html

At the E L Nino Bee Lab, we work with live Honey bees.  Honey bees are stinging insects, and while most stings do not require immediate medical attention, a small portion of the population can develop a life-threatening allergy.  When working in the hives you will need to wear closed toe and closed heel shoes, long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Protective gear will be provided for you, but if you prefer you may bring your own. If stung, immediately remove the stinger by scraping it off and wash the area to reduce the alarm pheromone. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or any other serious symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.




For directions visit: http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/map.html