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How to choose your first colony, hive, protective clothing, and beekeeping tools
What’s in a hive?
The roles of bees within a colony
How do honey bees reproduce and grow?
Things bees collect and add to the hive
How to set up your apiary
How to move honey bee colonies
How to hive your colony
How to manage drift
“Normal” things new beekeepers worry about
What to do 1 day, 1 week, etc. after installing packages


How to inspect and expand your colony over summer and prepare for winter

How to:
Approach your colony for the first time
Feed your honey bees
Use a smoker
Use a hive tool
Open the lid of the hive
Take out a frame
Add a box/super
Divide/split a colony
Increase or maintain colony numbers
Prepare for winter–What to do and when to do it
Avoid robbing behavior
Check bees in the winter without opening the hive
Clean up dead hives


How to check if your colony is queen-right and troubleshoot if things go wrong.

How to:
Find the queen and see eggs in your colony
Identify a good brood pattern
Distinguish between queen cells and queen cups
Identify queen rearing impulses: Swarming, Supersedure, and Emergency
Catch and manage swarms
Troubleshoot Queen Issues
Identify laying workers and drone-laying queens, and strategies to fix them
Identify rare problems with the queen
Understand normal times when there is a queen but no eggs
Mark a queen bee
Introduce a new queen
Combine colonies

**When something goes wrong with the queen, refer to this course to help diagnose what is happening.**


How to prevent, diagnose, and treat common honey bee diseases and pests

Diagnose what happened in dead colonies
Learn about our experience with treatment-free beekeeping
Prevent disease by culling old comb

Common honey bee diseases and pests:
Foulbrood, Nosema
Absconding, Pesticide Kill
Varroa Mites, Deformed Wing Virus
Tracheal Mites, Chalkbrood
Small Hive beetle, Wax Moths
Mice, Target Practice
Livestock, Ants
Dragonflies, Birds, and Praying Mantises
Skunks, Bears


How to harvest, extract, and bottle honey PLUS how to render beeswax and make beeswax products.

Learn to:
Identify the characteristics of honey
Remove frames of honey from the hive
Find a bee-tight place to extract honey
Choose extracting and bottling equipment
Use a honey extractor
Make your own bottling tank
“Crush and strain” (not recommended)
Produce and eat cut comb
Cook with honey
Render beeswax
Make beeswax candles
Make beeswax lip balm
Make beeswax food wraps


How to raise queen bees using the Doolittle/Grafting Method

This is an advanced beekeeping topic and requires multiple strong colonies.

Specifically you will learn:
What is The Feral Bee Project?
How to choose a breeder queen
How to set up a cell starter
How to graft larvae
How to create mating nucs
How to add ripe queen cells to the mating nucs
How to move mating nucs to mating areas
How to combine a mating nuc that has a laying queen with another strong colony