Back Yard Beekeepers Association

A club for the Hobbyist Beekeeper, based in Southwestern Connecticut

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Wednesday, July 14, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Randall’s Farm, an Aspetuck Land Trust property, in Easton
    Join waitlist

    Cycle 2:  From June 22 to July 14

    Each cycle will include the following:

    • Recommendations on solid queenrearing literature
    • Learn the Miller method: small-scale queen-rearing for the backyard beekeeper
    • Grafting tool to take home for practice for the Doolittle method of rearing queens
    • Practice grafting larvae (Doolittle method), to anchoring this skill in your toolkit.
    • How to set up a colony to accept your cells for starting/finishing
    • Weekly visits to the queenyard: 
      • Day 1: on grafting day, to re-organize the colony to accept the grafted larvae, and graft the larvae into cells on cell bars
      • Day 8: 1 week later to review the take rate of grafted larvae, and to put cell protectors on for queen cells; review mating nucleus colonies for indications of being queenright         
      • Day 12:  pull mated queens from the mating nucleus colonies and to place the queen cells you grafted


    • Saturday, June 26, 2021
    • 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Bee Yard off Freeborn Road in Easton, CT
    Join waitlist

    Join me Ralph Szur, a long-standing Back Yard Beekeeping club member with 24 years of experience (and board member), for a return to live bee keeping workshops at our yard in Easton. This workshop is geared towards newer beekeepers.

    Starting at 10:30, we will perform an inspection of some of the package hives we started earlier in the season. We also plan to include a demonstration on assessing hives for mites and potential treatments along with suggestions for timing honey harvesting.

    Rain: Please call me Ralph Szur 914-255-2889 if rain may cancel. The rain date will be Sunday June 27th 10:30 am.

    Members of the Back Yard Beekeepers bee yard working committee will be on hand to tend some of the club hives. This is a great opportunity for you to learn from them hands on and volunteer to help us maintain this wonderful club asset.

    Please see the club website for directions if you are not familiar with the location.

    • Tuesday, June 29, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • 106 Godfrey Road West, Weston, CT

    SOLD OUT - BYBA SUMMER  ICE CREAM SOCIAL

    Happy Summer Back Yard Beekeepers!

    It has been far too long since we all were together! As COVID restrictions have lifted and most of us have been vaccinated, we have decided that it would be fun for all of us to gather again in an outdoor setting for a few hours and catch up on everything social.

    On Tuesday evening June 29th, we are going to have an “Ice Cream Social” at the LaChat Town Farm located at 106 Godfrey Road West in Weston. It will be held between 6pm and 8:30 pm. There is no formal agenda for the evening. It will be a fun time to meet new members, see old friends, talk bees and just breath in the fresh outdoor air at LaChat and enjoy the Summer evening together.

    The event including ice cream is $5 per person. We ask you to bring your own chairs. We will provide water and a picturesque environment. 

    Looking forward to seeing you once again!

    • Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom - Details in Confirmation Email

    The June New Bees & Special Topics meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 6:30pm.

    Please find session descriptions below.  Zoom session information will be sent in registration confirmation email.

    NewBee Fundamentals
     
    TBD

    Special Topics
     

    While we enjoy modern amenities like air conditioning in our homes, bees aren’t quite as fortunate. During July’s hot and humid days, you may notice bees resting outside of the hive. Don’t be alarmed, this is just their way of cooling off. We will talk about ventilation options, water sources, hive size openings, bearding vs. swarming and the potential for robbing. Mite monitoring will also be reviewed as well as supering.
    • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom - Details in Confirmation Email

    The June New Bees & Special Topics meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 6:30pm.

    Please find session descriptions below.  Zoom session information will be sent in registration confirmation email.

    NewBee Fundamentals
     
    TBD

    Special Topics
     

    As the season starts to slow, it’s important to continue weekly checks on your hives. This includes looking for robbers, identifying the queen and checking for diseases and pests. During the months of August and September on the beekeeper’s calendar, colonies do the important work of building up populations to prepare for the winter, and it’s timely for us to discuss winter preparations, too. Mite monitoring will be reviewed as part of  fall prep.

Past events

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 June NewBee Fundamentals Round 2
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 June Special Topics & NewBee Fundamentals
Tuesday, June 01, 2021 Queenrearing Class - Cycle 1
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 May Regular Meeting
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 May Special Topics & NewBee Fundamentals
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 April Regular Meeting
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 April Special Topics & NewBee Fundamentals
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 March Regular Meeting
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 March Special Topics & NewBee Fundamentals
Saturday, February 27, 2021 REPLAY: Bee School 2021 - via Pre-recorded Zoom
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 February Regular Meeting
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 February Special Topics & NewBee Fundamentals
Monday, January 04, 2021 Bee School 2021 - via Zoom
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 December Special Topics & NewBee Fundamentals
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 November Regular Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 November Special Topics & NewBee Fundamentals
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 October Regular Meeting
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 September Regular Meeting, Special Topics, NewBees
Sunday, August 16, 2020 Winter Preparation Workshop
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 July Monthly Meeting
Sunday, July 19, 2020 Queenrearing Class - Cycle 2
Sunday, June 28, 2020 Queenrearing Class - Cycle 1
Thursday, June 18, 2020 Queen Rearing Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 April Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 April Special Topics & NewBees
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 March Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 February Monthly Meeting
Monday, January 06, 2020 BYBA Bee School

© 2020 BYBA

P.O. Box 335
Redding Ridge, CT 06876

Back Yard Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software