GCABS

Gold Coast

Amateur Beekeepers Society Inc.

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Starting Out

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Click the link above to open a basic guide for beginners relevant to the Gold Coast area and surrounds, compiled by GCABS members October 2016.

 

1. Carry out research into the keeping of bees, to see what is involved with the management of bee hives.
2. Join a local beekeepers (apiary) club and talk to people who have been involved in beekeeping for many years. Decide if beekeeping is for you.
3. As a member of a bee club, you can join experienced members opening and inspecting hives as well as extracting honey. This enables you to get some prior knowledge and experience before buying your own hives and equipment.
4. Decide whether you will start beekeeping by buying all of the necessary supers, frames, bottom boards, excluders, lids etc. and building your own hive, an existing hive from a club member or starting with a nucleus hive from a breeder or club member. For your first hive it is often easier to buy an existing, productive hive or Nucleus and grow from there.
5. To keep bees in Queensland you must first register with the Dept. Agriculture and Forestry (DAF), and obtain your Registered Brand Number. This registration is to be renewed yearly.
6. Now you are ready to get your own bees. Use the knowledge of experienced members when you choose your equipment. New, second hand, or built by you. It is your choice, but don’t buy 2nd hand equipment unless you have them inspected to make sure they are not diseased. Helping new members is one of the prime functions of the club.
7. As part of our service to club members, the club has appointed equipment officers who keep a general stock of basic equipment and can arrange to order in any item GCABS may not have. Pricing is competitive so club members benefit from the clubs buying power. When purchasing beekeeping equipment, remember to add in the supplier’s freight costs and GST.
8. If you are buying 2nd hand, purchase from a reputable, registered beekeeper. This is to ensure that you get what you are actually paying for. If you are unsure, ask an experienced club member or the equipment officer’s help. It is important to buy a hive locally to restrict diseases as much as possible.

 

 

Upcoming Events
Jul
4
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Jul 4 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Jul
16
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Aug
1
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Aug 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Aug
20
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Aug 20 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Sep
5
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Sep 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Sep
17
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Sep 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Oct
3
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Oct 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Oct
15
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members
Nov
7
Tue
2017
6:30 pm Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Monthly Management Committee Mee...
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
GCABS Management Committee Meeting Committee Members and ordinary club members meet monthly on the first Tuesday to discuss business and plan upcoming events. locations vary: TBA by Secretary. Please forward suggestions for the agenda to[...]
Nov
19
Sun
2017
10:00 am GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
GCABS General Meeting @ Venue TBA in The Buzz
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
GCABS Monthly meeting – All Welcome – Guests and Members