2019 Queen Rearing Short Course

May 31 to June 1 2019

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 (Spivak and Reuter) 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.

To register send an email to: dale.mcmahan@sbcglobal.net.
Please do not send money. The $200 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
  • Mating


Friday, May 31

8:00 am: Registration
9:00 am – Noon: Lecture on queen and drone biology, Discussion.
Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. – 4pm: Colony manipulations, set up starter colony and swarm box. Set up cloak board.

4:00 P.M. Adjourn

Saturday, June 1

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 p.m. Adjourn