May 29th to May 30th 2020
Instructors: Dale McMahan & Krispn Given
This course is designed for those who want to learn the art of queen rearing using the larval transfer technique (grafting). The two day course will be held at the Apis Engineering Facility.
In addition to hands-on practice, those attending the course will get a video (DVD) with their queen rearing manual (Given and Harpur) demonstrating the queen rearing techniques.
Enrollment is limited to 15 students with their own veil and protective suit, so register early! Pre-registration is required.
Cost of the two day course is $200 per student.
To register send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please do not send money. A $100 non-refundable deposit is required. The remaining $100 registration fee will be collected on site.
At least one year of beekeeping experience
You will Learn:
- Introduction to Queen Rearing Systems
- Biology of Queens
- Equipment Used
- Record Keeping
- Selecting Winter-Hardy Mite-resistant bees
- Drone Biology
- Commercial Queen Production
- Preparing Finishing Colony
- Preparing Swarm Box
- Cloak Board System
- Grafting (Hands On)
- Alternative methods
- Procedure from Egg to Queen
Friday, May 29th
8:00 am: Registration
9:00 am – Noon: Lecture on queen and drone biology, Discussion.
1:00 pm – 4 pm: Colony manipulations, set up starter colony and swarm box. Set up cloak board.
4:00 pm Adjourn
Saturday, May 30th
8:30 am: Hive manipulations and practice grafting (In the laboratory)
12:00 pm: Lunch (provided)
1:15 pm: 4pm: Putting grafted cups in finishing colony and swarm box
4:00 pm Adjourn