Queens for pennies

Speaker:  Bob Beards

If one speak’s the words Honey Bee to the person on the street they will inevitably mention the “Queen bee”, likewise if you collect a swarm, the home owner will ask “did you get the Queen?”.
In beekeeping there are possibly more words written on Queen rearing then on any other subject, also there are many ways to produce queens. This is a description of one way to produce Queens on a small scale and for pennies, including grafting, cell building and cell introduction. The absolute best time for producing queen cells is during swarming season, that’s when colonies are really ready to make cells and is usually when they’re in their peak condition. That being said you can make them anytime the drone population is large enough for mating and the weather is good enough.



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