Queen Rearing Class

The objective of this class is to train beekeepers with intermediate experience to raise their own honeybee queens, in and from the hives and beestock of their own apiaries. In particular, this class focuses on raising queens as part of a process of splitting hives.

This eliminates the need to rely on either the bees to re-queen themselves, or another beekeeper to breed queens when you need them. More importantly, it will allow you to better manage your apiary by being selective of which colonies you propagate (e.g. better honey production, better temperament, etc.).

The class includes both lecture and hands-on lab portions, including practical lessons such as making your own grafting tool, identifying larvae suitable for grafting, and of course grafting those larvae into artificial queen cells. Since the latter is done using analog facsimiles, no live bees or larvae are involved and no protective gear is required.

This class is based on the book Queen Rearing for the Growth & Management of Small Apiaries, (available in Kindle/ebook and paperback formats), but the book is not required for the class. Participants should have a minimum of one year experience successfully keeping bees and a means of taking notes. Needed tools, equipment and handouts will be supplied.

No recording please.

See our Calendar page to register for currently scheduled classes, or to request a special class for your group.


Splitting Hives & Rearing Queens: Growing & Managing Your Small Apiary

We've published the book, Splitting Hives & Rearing Queens: Growing & Managing Your Small Apiary, as a more economical alternative to the live class. It's available in Kindle/ebook (including KU/KOLL) and paperback formats on Amazon.com.