Learn about feral bee winter habits, mites, feeding techniques including different feeders. Learn how to make your own protein supplement, and take a sample home to your hives. Open feeding and issues with robbing. Wax worms and comb storage and more! Workshop held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Choose dates from drop down list.
1 day workshop, 6 hours long. Starts at 9am. Breaks at noon for lunch, either bring your own or visit one of the restaurants in Three Points, resumes at 1pm until 4pm.
Price includes a one year membership to the Southern Arizona Beekeepers Association
4 dates available, limited to 6 persons per class. Class fee is $150. You can choose to pay the full amount or hold your space by choosing 1/2 down with remainder due at the class by clicking on the drop down tab below.
Consultations for New Beekeepers and Hobbyists.......
Queen locating, marking, and/or requeening. Hive Inspections Mite Treatments Troubleshooting Swarm and established colony removal & relocation training Aggressive Hive Assistance Survival through dearth / winter General Consultation on keeping and raising bees
$100 for travel/delivery including 1/2 hour of consult (within Tucson, Marana, Picture Rocks, and Three Points. Additional fees for any travel time outside these areas.)
$25 for each additional 1/2 hour. PlUS price of any tools/bees/queens/products needed by your hive(s)
Examples include: frame of brood $30. New Queen $30. 1 lb Protein Patty......price varies Drawn Comb.....price varies 5 frame Nuc with New Queen $150.
Frequently Asked Questions
"Can I lure the bees out of my wall by placing an empty hive next to it?"
Odds are very slim, in fact you may possibly be better off playing the lottery! You have an established hive in your wall, building, garage, hollow tree, irrigation water line box, or other inconvenient for you location. A very good question is how to economically and ethically move the hive to a new home. Many people like to hope that by putting an empty "bait" or "lure" hive next to the entrance of the established hive will make the current bees want to pack up their belongings and move to this new, fancy, upgraded, luxury home you made just for them. Here is why I have never heard of this working:
An established hive has a combination of brood in various stages, stores of pollen and honey. The queen's pheromone is throughout the hive. There is so much work for them to do. From raising the young that is in various ages, caring for the temperature, cleaning and making more comb, storing pollen, turning nectar into honey, guarding the hive, and much more. They depend on each other working together to make the hive function and thrive acting pretty much as a single organism.
You can place an empty hive nearby and you will likely see bees going in and out of it. Are they moving in? Most likely, no. They are searching for resources as they will salvage wax or honey out of your hive to take back to their own. IF a colony does move in, it is likely a swarm from another location and you will then have two hives!
They only way to remove the hive from the inconvenient location is to gently transfer the brood comb and queen and scrape out any signs of wax. Then seal it up to prevent any other bees from moving in. Once a hive has made a home others will choose to live in the same spot after they are gone if given the opportunity.