Queen Rearing Workshops

Workshops tend to fill up quickly, so please register early.

The cost is $300 (cash only) 


This workshop will consist of four sessions / four hours each, May through June. 


Registration starts at 9:30am on Session 1.  There will be Q&A from 9:30 am to 10:00 am (optional).  Class starts promptly at 10:00 am and will go until 3pm..


Each 5 hour session will be scheduled on a Saturday or Sunday.   Saturday classes may be rescheduled to Sunday due to weather 


 If you are interested, please contact:  wetlandsapiary@gmail.com  or phone (617) 909-3331

What to bring?

You will need:  

  1. Bee Suit /  Veil / Hive Tool
     
  2. Your own NUC  
    (Session 2)
  3. Snack, Lunch box, Drink
     
  4. Something to take  notes with
    (optional)


Prerequisite:  


     Certificate from
     Beekeeper School


2019 WORKSHOP SESSIONS

SESSION 1, SUNDAY, May 19 (registration)

  • Identify proper size larvae and age
  • Grafting with instruction
  • How to make up a mating nuc with live bees
  • Doolittle method

SESSION 2,   SATURDAY, May 25  

  • Install queen cells into mating nucs
  • Set up a Cloake Board on a hive (phase one)
    - Live manipulation of bees
  • Non Grafting techniques
  • Double Screen Board

SESSION 3,   SATURDAY,  June 8 

  • Inspect mating nucs
    - Queen Emergence / Recognition
  • Queen confinement cage
  • Cloak Board (phase 2)


SESSION 4,   SATURDAY,  June 22 

  • Mating nuc inspection
    - Mated/Laying Pattern/Finding eggs
    - Marking Queens
    - Review
    - Graduation and Cookout

Why raise your own Queens?

Raising your own queens is a part of sustainable beekeeping.   There are a number of benefits, including saving money, raising queens with survivor and disease resistance traits, requeening your own hive, and most importantly, learning a valuable new skill.

More!

Workshop Outline

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Here is more detail on what to expect in each session

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