Planning Ahead for Your First Hives

new hives

1 Bee Biology RD

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice many aspects of what is necessary to get the colony started and keep it healthy and thriving. At the end of the course participants will be knowledgeable about installing honey bee packages, monitoring their own colonies and possible challenges with maintaining a healthy colony.


 Bernardo Niño,

Lecture modules will cover:

  • Honey bee biology
  • Beekeeping equipment
  • How to start your colony
  • Maladies of the hive


Practical modules will cover:

  • How to build a hive
  • How to install a package
  • Inspecting your hive
  • Monitoring for varroa mites



The course size is limited to 25 participants per session. Please bring your bee suit/veil if you own one! The $125 registration fee covers the cost of course materials (including a hive tool), lunch and refreshments on the day of the short course. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own lodging. Short course will be held at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on UC Davis campus.