Oxleas Wood Apiary
Beekeeping & Apiary
2019 Beekeeping Season
Cell Grafting and Honeybee Queen Raising Course
Maintaining colonies Queenright can be challenging and, if left to their own devices, swarming and supersedure Queens produced by colonies themselves can introduce or strengthen undesirable characteristics in successive Queens, perhaps reflecting through the stock as traits of truculence, over-active colony division and swarming, and so on. Purchasing mated Queens from Queen suppliers can be expensive and sometimes even reputable suppliers experience poor years with the Queens delayed in mating and, sometimes, failing altogether.
The Honeybee Queen Raising course comprises 2 classroom sessions and, coordinated to these, three practical sessions in the Apiary that draw together the techniques and timing for the relatively small-scale raising of selected Queen bees. The classroom aspects of the course introduce the timing and phasing of Queen production, the natural virgin Queen raising cycle, and genetic selection - in the Apiary, the practical sessions explore several methods of Queen generation and raising, including 'artificial swarming' and 1 day old larva grafting, moving onto the preparation and stocking of mating nucs readying for the final stages of bringing and introducing the mated virgin Queens into honey production colonies.
This short course, commencing the first Tuesday in May with the coordinated Apiary sessions on Saturdays or Sundays, runs for four successive weeks and aims to see through the
raising of new fertile Queens for introduction into the existing bee stocks of Oxleas Wood Apiary - it is a specialised course in which participants would benefit
from some previous beekeeping experience.