A special session for beekeepers wanting to learn how to raise queen bees. Even if you do not want to produce queens, this course will make any beekeeper a better beekeeper.
NOTE! This is a 2 full day course - March 24 and 25, 9 AM - 5 PM
Methods for Production of Healthy and Vigorous Honey Bee Queens
A hands-on course of instruction and practical application of queen rearing techniques and best practices led by Bee and Queen Production Experts Dan Weaver, Roosevelt Roberson, Ana Rosa Hernandez, Maribel Hernandez, Marie Yanchak, Mac Laster and the whole Bee Weaver crew.
After a classroom introduction to the basic biology and principles of queen production, you will have a chance to observe and assist “hands on” with queen rearing procedures, including but not limited to exposure on methods of selection of breeder queens, producing and finding larvae of optimal age for grafting, the process of grafting - transferring 1
st instar or early 2
nd instar larvae into queen cell cups, queen cell production and care, queen cell harvesting, and stocking mating nuclei. Those who want additional experience may sign up for an additional half day devoted to grafting practice, preparation of cell builder colonies to encourage production of healthy, well-fed queen cells and practice finding, capturing and caging mated queens.