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Beekeeping

January 21, 2020

 BEEKEEPING

Refer to 4-H Poster Construction Rules on page 24 of your handbook for correct procedure on how to construct your 4-H Poster.
Completed record sheets are due into the Extension Office on or before June 29, 2020 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING.

LEVEL I (May do 1 or 2 years) One State Fair entry
1. Division 1 gives information on the basic facts of beekeeping: the type of bees, the honey and wax they produce, the plants that attract bees and the equipment a beekeeper needs. In this first year you are not required to have any bees, but you are busy preparing for Division II when you will take care of at least one honey bee colony of your own.

2. Choose one exhibit below. Limit all displays to a 22" x 28" poster board.     

     1) Flowers Used to Make Honey—display pressed flowers of 10 different Indiana plants that bees use for making honey. Collect the flowers when they are in full bloom. Press them carefully between pads of paper. Place a board with a heavy weight upon it on top of the papers. The flowers will retain their color better if the papers are changed daily until the flowers are dry. When dry, mount the pressed flowers on the poster board using glue or clear tape. Label the pressed flowers, including their names, where they are found, and their blooming dates. 

     2) Uses of honey and beeswax.

     3) Setting up a bee hive.      

     4) Safe handling of bees.

LEVEL II (May do 1 or 2 years) Unlimited State Fair entries, 1 per 4-H member.
1. Division II is all about the basic care of a bee hive throughout the year. In it you carry basic beekeeping operations that result in the production of extracted, chunk, or cut comb honey. HONEY WATER CONTENT WILL BE MEASURED.

2. Exhibit one of the following: Fill level: the honey should be filled to the jar shoulder, not over, nor under. Be careful to distinguish “chunk honey” from “cut comb”. Honey (including chunk, cut comb and comb) must be collected since the previous county fair:

     1) Extracted honey -2 one-pound jars, shown in glass or clear plastic- screw top jars holding 1 pound of honey each.

     2) Chunk honey (comb in jar) -2 one-pound jars (wide mouth glass or clear plastic, preferably one specially made for chunk honey) 

     3) Cut-comb honey -2 one-pound boxes, usually a clear plastic box about 4 1/2" x 4 1/2”.

     4) Working with Honey Bees—Present a topic from your manual to teach fair-goers about working with honey bees. Use your knowledge and creativity to display this information on a poster or in a notebook.

LEVEL III and Above (May do multiple years) Unlimited State Fair entries, 1 per 4-H member.
1. In Division III you choose your own activities. The further you go in this 4-H project, the more you will be guided by your own interests and efforts. Check your manual for suggestions.

2. Exhibit two of the four kinds of honey listed below: HONEY WATER CON-TENT WILL BE MEASURED. Fill level: the honey should be filled to the jar shoulder, not over, nor under. Be careful to distinguish “chunk honey” from “cut comb”. Honey (including chunk, cut comb and comb) must be collected since the previous county fair:

     1) Extracted Honey—2 one-pound jars (glass or clear plastic).

     2) Chunk Honey-2 one-pound jars (wide mouth glass or clear plastic), (comb in jar)

     3) Cut Comb Honey-2 one-pound boxes. Boxes are usually 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”.

     4) Comb Honey-2 sections (honey built by bees in frames of wood commonly called “sections”) Boxes are usually 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" .

     5) Prepare an educational display about honey bees or beekeeping.

INDEPENDENT STUDY (grades 9-12) One State Fair Entry.
Advanced topic—Learn all you can about a beekeeping topic and present it on a poster. Include a short manuscripts, pictures, graphs, and list the works cited to describe what you did and what you learned. Title your poster, “Advanced Beekeeping-Independent Study”.

Mentoring - Exhibit a poster that shows how you mentored a younger 4-H member. Include your planning, the time you spent, the challenges and advantages of mentoring, and how the experience might be useful in your life. Photographs and other documentation are encouraged. Title your poster, “Advanced Beekeeping—Mentor”.

 

 

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