My Second Colony

1 Hour 42 Minutes



Target Audience:

Roger Patterson

Just Starting

Beekeepers are often advised to have a second colony quite quickly, to help the first if there is a problem. This is sound advice, but where do you get a second colony if you don’t have the knowledge to make one yourself? The usual answer is to buy one, but this may be headed by an imported queen that may have problems the National Bee Improvement Programme (NatBIP) is trying to address. This presentation shows some simple ways of acquiring a second colony and how to care for it, that will provide a good learning opportunity for the new beekeeper.