Another workshop will take place next Sunday (31st July) at the MAA apiary,
10:00am. This time the "special topic" will be the beeswax.
You will be able to learn about more "exotic" aspects of the beeswax than you
can read in the beekeeping books, so I'm not going to talk about those things
that you can read everywhere. Instead, I'll talk about the conditions under
which the bees produce wax, diagnostics of some potential problems in the
beehive based on the presence or absence of the freshly secreted wax, when
the bees build particular wax structures and why, how to build a good wax comb
in a colony, role of the wax in the Integral Pest Management, advantages and
disadvantages of wax and plastic foundations, 5.1, and 4.9 cell size
foundations, going foundationless and top-bar only. I'll also talk about the
role of wax production in the swarming management and the "wax management" in
the brood boxes (how long to keep the combs, when to discard them, and some
ways to do it).
Near the end we'll try to put together some frames and (I'll talk about the
ways to wire them), and we'll wire some of them and embed the wires in the wax
foundations using a car battery.
Finally, we'll process some old comb (that is, melt the comb, filter it and
make the wax cakes (not food items :)).
There is a serious possibility that this workshop will be a long one, so bring
some lunch with you.
See you soon.