Beginning in Beekeeping: Start Your Very First Beehive!
What you'll learn
- Where to set up your apiary
- How to get your hive occupied with bees
- How to manage bees in your hive
- How to harvest, extract and pack you own delicious honey
- How to extract beeswax and make simple candles and beeswax polish
- What beekeeping is all about
- The benefits of keeping bees in a top bar hive and frame hives
- How to make your own top bar hive
- The course is designed to be understandable by the complete beginner
- An interest in learning different ways to keep bees
- An interest in simple, low cost beekeeping
- An interest in producing your own wonderful, high quality bee products for sale or home consumption
- An interest in bees and the natural environment
- An interest in doing your bit to protect bees, enhance biodiversity and the natural environment
This course will introduce you to the wonderful topic of keeping bees in both conventional frame hives and also in top bar hives. The aim is to keep bees in a simple, low cost, natural and enjoyable way.
You will learn about conventional frame hive beekeeping. You will also learn about top bar beekeeping and why you should consider keeping your bees in a top bar hive.
You will learn about bees. You will learn how to make your own hive, where to source bees and how to manage the bees in the hive.
You will learn how to harvest and extract the delicious honey and package and label your honey for sale.
You will learn about beeswax. You will learn how to render wax combs into wax blocks. You will learn how to filter your wax and use it to make simple candles and beeswax polish.
The course will take you right through the whole process from the timber in your shed to building the hive. Then on to getting bees, managing then bees to harvesting and packing the honey and using the beeswax.
By the end of this course and associated assignments you will be a beekeeper!
The course contains over 11.5 hours of video lectures and practical demonstrations and is organised into the following sections:
In Section One we introduce this course and beekeeping. We considered issues such as how to get the most from the course, who can become a beekeeper, the benefits of bees and beekeeping and the challenges in starting any new project.
In Section Two we look at the broad approaches to beekeeping and help you identify which approach might interest you.
Section Three look at the bee colony and the occupants of the hive. We also looked at the life cycle of the honeybee and the beekeeping year.
Section Four looks at types of bee hives and other beekeeping equipment. There were a number of activities such as to choose the type of hive you want to start with and identify local bee equipment suppliers. We also have an optional activity to make a simple top bar hive.
Section Five is a pivotal section to establish an apiary site and to acquire basic equipment and bees. Getting your first colony of bees is a game changer. The bees themselves become your teacher! This is the point where you became a beekeeper.
Section Six looks at basic bee management. We look at issues such as the principles of bee management, how to inspect a colony of bees, bee health, swarm control and feeding bees.
Section Seven looks at bee products and in particular honey and beeswax. In section seven you will produce some wonderful bee products to share with friends and family.
Who this course is for:
- Those who want to start beekeeping as a new hobby in spring 2022
- Those interested in starting beekeeping in a natural way
- Those interested in starting beekeeping in a simple and low cost way
- Those interested in producing delicious, natural honey for their own consumption or for sale
- Those interested in learning how to process and utilise beeswax
- Existing beekeepers who want to try out top bar hive beekeeping
I grew up in the midlands of Ireland and while there I developed a passion for bees and beekeeping at a young age. That passion for bees led me to work on beekeeping development in Eastern Africa for over 20 years. I currently keep bees and produce honey in both Ireland and Kenya.
Another passion of mine is personal development and career success and I teach three related courses - one on reinventing yourself and making positive changes to your life and the other course on effective goal setting. The third course is on the technologies and other forces which are rapidly changing our world and the skills we need to survive and thrive in our careers in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
I hold a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Science from University College Dublin, an MSc in Entrepreneurship (Stirling, University, UK), an MSc in Environmental Science (UCD) and a PhD in Rural Development (UCD).
I am an avid life-long learner which I believe is essential in today's fast changing world. I am currently developing my skills in Cyber Security!
I bring my varied background and experiences into all my courses on Udemy which I hope brings a fresh and enjoyable perspective to everything that I teach.