Beekeeping Boot Camp 2017

Our Bee Bootcamp features hands-on experience with cutting edge beekeeping techniques.

Why take Bee Classes form “Bob the Bee Guy”

1) If you are not sure if you want to keep bees you can use all my equipment for the season or a couple classes then make a decision.

2) We will use all my hives so you do not have to remove yours when the class is over. (This does not seem like a big deal but you will find out that it is a real BIG JOB).

3) After you finish class you can come to any class or classes in the next years for free.

4) All techniques are always up to date not how things were done years ago.

5) All people taking or have taken classes get Free phone support and e-mail support call between 9am and 8pm or e-mail anytime, for ever. Response time is usually immediate. (I do make house calls on my time schedule)

What WoodWare do I purchase to start?
No matter what anyone tells you purchase MEDIUM SUPERS ONLY(BOXES). 5 Mediums make a hive.

Upcoming Classes

We have a number of exciting sessions in the month ahead.  Below you will find links to each of these sessions where you can reserve your spot ahead of time.  Also included below is a summary of the content of each course.  Hope to see you in class soon!

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Syllabus for BEE BOOT CAMP

The objective of this course is to give you enough information so you can determine if you want to Keep Bees. It will also give you all the information to Keep Bees.  What follows is a complete synopsis of each session.

You can take any class by itself and you can start at the second or third class if you already have experience.

Day 1 (Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10am at 8810 M-52, Manchester, MI 48158)

The first day will be held indoors in Manchester, MI so you can get started on building your equipment.

  1. Explanation of equipment
    What the bees need and why
    What the Beekeeper needs and why
    We will assemble some supers, frames and other equipment so you know how.
  2. What equipment to buy and where.
  3. Honey bee biology
  4. The hive composition and jobs
  5. Diseases
  6. Nutritional Requirements
  7. What to expect in the spring

Day 2 (Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Manchester, MI)

This CLASS is important. I will be getting Package Bees and everyone will learn to install them into hives.

We will meet out in Manchester where I have property and about 15 hives. We will spend some time in a classroom setting then go out and get acquainted with the bees.

  1. Spring Management
  2. What to feed and when to start and stop
  3. Clean the hives and rotate supers
  4. Look for queens or eggs
  5. Feed the bees
  6. We will be installing packages of bees into the hives
  7. We will talk about splitting hives and the various methods
  8. We will finish cleaning if needed
  9. We will split hives

Day 3 (Saturday, May 20, 2017, Manchester, MI)

  1. We will discuss your bees, how they are doing and what you have observed
  2. Check the hives for being queen right and disease
  3. We will equalize some of the weak hives
  4. If there is a need we will re-queen hives
  5. What to expect and do the rest of the year
  6. Extracting honey, equipment and different technique
  7. Extracting honey, really doing the extracting.

Day 4 (Saturday, June 24, 2017, Manchester, MI)

  1. We will discuss your bees, how they are doing and what you have observed
  2. Check the hives for being queen right and disease
  3. We will equalize some of the weak hives
  4. If there is a need we will re-queen hives
  5. What to expect and do the rest of the year
  6. Taking honey off the hive
  7. Extracting honey, equipment and different techniques
  8. Check the hives for being queen right and disease
  9. Question and answer session until we are done

Day 5 (July ??, 2017 pulling and extracting after honey is pulled in Canton, MI)

  1. Extracting honey, really doing the extracting.

Day 6 (Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Manchester, MI)

  1. We will discuss your bees, how they are doing and what you have observed.
  2. We will go out in the field and check hives
  3. We will combine weak hives if needed
  4. If there is a need we will re-queen the hives
  5. Take honey off the hive
  6. Treat for mites
  7. Question and answer session until we are done

Day 7 (September in Canton) (Optional)

  1. We will really be extracting honey in Canton

Cost is $150.00 per family for all sessions. Individual classes per day are $35.00. If you do not have a bee suite, it will be provided. If you are going to keep bees, I would appreciate you purchasing a suite and bringing it with you.

References available

Call or E-Mail Bob Jastrzebski (Bob the Bee Guy) to register or for more information (734) 748-2185 or bob@cimsurf.com