Saturday Apiary Sessions

For the 2016 beekeeping season Cookeville Beekeepers Association is once again hosting weekly apiary sessions  – Saturday mornings at 9:30 – These sessions are  open to anyone who is interested – no need to be a club member or to have bees.

Please sign up for our email newsletter and keep an eye on it or the website concerning these sessions as they are somewhat weather dependent and subject to cancellation.

The location is 5357 Bob Lynn rd. Cookeville TN 38501 – I estimate that they will only last about 45 – 75 minutes. Please be prompt as we will try to start on time. You must bring your own veil and you must wear it – other protective equipment is optional.

Last year – with only a couple of exceptions – we had a session almost every Saturday beginning in early April when the weather was been at all suitable.   Some of you may be under the impression that you can only work bees in the middle of a sunny day, but actually as long as the temp is not too cold, rainy or windy commercial beekeepers work bees under a wide range of conditions – they have to in order to make a living.  So even though the conditions may not be perfect we are going to proceed as planned whenever possible beginning at 9:30 AM so that everyone can go on to their regularly scheduled Saturday activities.

Some of the actions which will be covered during the season:

Smoker lighting
Inspections
Mite counting
Treating for mites
Feeding
Queen finding
Transferring brood between hives
Splitting hives
Use of the queen excluder
Honey harvesting
Requeening
Swarm prevention

Directions from North Willow and 12th street (TTU Gym and Hooper Eblen Center basketball arena)  to address 5357 Bob Lynn rd. Cookeville TN 38501

From Intersection of N. Willow and 12th street Head North on Willow.
Continue North on Willow approx 3.1 miles
Turn Right on Bob Lynn rd.
Continue on Bob Lynn rd for approx .4 miles.
Apiary is visible from the road on the Right – vacant wooded lot about 600 ft past Fox Ridge Rd.
Please try to park in a manner which will allow as much parking access as possible for everyone.

See you on Saturday!

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