Episode# 73 Claude Paradis 7th Generation Beekeeper
Welcome to this 4-hour long podcast episode with Claude Paradis, a 7th generation beekeeper, where we will explore the fascinating world of beekeeping. In the first 2-hour half, we cover a lot about starting a hive, the importance of preparation to the start of bee season, support groups, resources, and more.Starting a Hive: Starting a hive can be an exciting and rewarding experience. But before you begin, there are several things to consider. Claude will walk us through many of the steps involved in starting a hive, including selecting the right location, choosing the right hive equipment, purchasing bees, and estimated cost for each hive. The Importance of Preparation to the Start of Bee Season: Preparation is key to successful beekeeping. Claude will discuss the importance of preparing for the start of bee season, including hive inspections, honey extraction, and feeding bees. Support Groups: Beekeeping can be challenging, but you don't have to go at it alone. Claude will discuss the benefits of joining support groups and how to find one in your area. Resources: Beekeeping requires the right tools and equipment. Claude, as a seasoned beekeeper, will share some of the resources he has found helpful in his beekeeping journey, including books, online forums, and local beekeeping associations and a Website he has made: www.peacebeeclub.ca. In the second 2-hour half, we will dive deeper into the world of bees, discussing their communication, reproduction, challenges they face against mites and diseases, how they collect pollen, and more. How Bees Communicate: Bees are known for their fascinating communication methods. Claude will discuss how bees communicate with each other, including the famous waggle dance, and why it's important to understand their communication methods as a beekeeper. Reproduction: The reproduction of bees is essential to the survival of the hive. We discuss the reproductive habits of bees, including queen bee mating, swarming, and drones. Challenges Bees Face Against Mites and Diseases: Bees face many challenges, including mites and diseases. We discuss these challenges and how to protect your hive against them. Pollen Collection: Pollen is a vital component of the bee's diet and is essential for the survival of the hive. We discuss how bees collect pollen and the importance of pollen to the health of the hive. In this 4-hour long podcast episode, we covered a lot about starting a hive, preparing for the start of bee season, support groups, resources, bee communication, reproduction, challenges bees face against mites and diseases, how they collect pollen, and more. However, it's important to note that beekeeping is an ongoing learning process, and there's always more to discover and learn. Claude has shared some valuable resources, but we encourage you to continue learning about bees and beekeeping. Thank you for listening, and we hope you found this episode insightful. website: www.peacebeeclub.ca Facebook: Peace Region BeekeepersHive kits. $1,000.00 Per Hive for start upKarry Clark. BC Regional Bee Inspector 250-219-6597. E-mail Kccsclark@gmail.comThank you for listening.