At Queen Bri's Honey, we are 5th generation beekeepers, and our entire family is involved in our beekeeping operation. Let us teach you how to be beekeepers!
Whether your interest in beekeeping is as a hobby, because your grandpa once kept bees when you were growing up, or you think this might be a cool little side business, this course will help get you started on your new adventure as a beekeeper!
In this course, you will learn everything you need to know about getting started as a beekeeper. By the time you finish this course, you will have learned all about each of the topics listed below, and you will be ready to get started out in your own beekeeping adventure.
With 44+ lessons and 9+ hours of instruction, there is a ton of information packed into this course. In fact, this course contains even more information than my 2- day in-person Beginner Beekeeping class that I conduct!
We will cover the following topics:
History of Beekeeping
Benefits of Bees
Decline of the Honeybee Population
Zoning, Neighbors, Family Support, Costs, and Time Considerations
What You Need to Do Before You Start Beekeeping
Types of Honey Bees
Obtaining Your Bees
How Bees Communicate and Make Honey
Honey Bee Life Cycle - Honeybee Jobs & How Queens are Made
Types of Hives
Selecting a Location for Your Hives
Protecting Your Hives With Raised Stands and Fencing
Basic Beekeeping Equipment - What You Need and What's Optional
Video Demo: Basic Beekeeping Equipment
Video Demo: How to Build Your Equipment for Your Bees Arrival
How to Install Your Bees into Their New Hive
Video Demo: How to Install Packages of Bees
Do's and Don'ts Before Visiting Your Hives
How Often to Inspect Your Hive Throughout the Year
Video Demo: How to Light Your Smoker
Video Demo: How to Suit Up to Prevent Getting Stung
How to Inspect a Beehive - Inside and Out
Video Demo: How to Inspect Your New Beehive
What to Expect Your First 12 Months
Beekeeping Calendar: How Beekeeping Inspections Change Throughout the Year
How Nectar Flow and Bloom Cycles Affect Your Bees
Common Hive Problems
Potential Hive Diseases
Honeybee Pests - Prevention and Treatment
Honey Harvest - Honey Extraction Equipment Needed & How to Harvest Your Honey
Honey Label Requirements
Cleaning Up Your Beeswax to Make Bee Products With It
When and How to Prepare Your Hives for Winter
Video Demo: Preparing Your Hives For Winter
This class uses multiple learning formats, from PowerPoint slides, to handouts, to on-site video demonstrations in one of our apiaries (bee yard) so that the information can be easily learned no matter your preferred learning style.
If you have any questions during or after the course, you are always more than welcome to contact me. I am so excited to help you get started as a beekeeper, and I look forward to hearing stories about your new beekeeping adventures!
Tonya Wells and Brianna Wells – Owners / Beekeepers of Queen Bri's Honey in Oklahoma City