Queen Rearing Class

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An Introduction to Queen Rearing - a rigorous multi-day course that will teach the essential skills and recommended procedures for successful queen production.  

Led by Bee and Queen Experts: Dan Weaver & Roosevelt Roberson.

Assisted by Queen Production Experts, Ana Rosa & Maribel Hernandez. 

After a 2.5 hour classroom introduction to the basic biology and principles of queen production, you will have 9.5 hours of hands on queen rearing procedures, including but not limited to:

1. identify and graft 1st instar larvae (Day 1 & 2) 

2. time-critical procedures essential for successful queen production (Day 1 & 2)

3. optimal queen cell-building techniques (Day 1 & 2)

4. key steps in assuring adequate drone populations in queen mating areas (Day 2)

5. cell moving operations (Day 2)

6. stocking queen mating nuclei (Day 2)

7. evaluating mated queens (Day 2)

8. efficient queen-catch procedures and equipment (Day 2)

9. assessing the degree of grafting-mastery by moving the previous day's grafted larvae and evaluating the percentage of viable cells surviving (Day 2)

10) moving grafted larvae to cell-finishing colonies (Day 1)

11) pulling mature cells from cell builders for installation in queen nucs (Day 2)

12) nuc stocking and management operations (Day 2)

13) queen catching and queen cell introduction (Day 2)

Full protective gear is required and loaner gear is available for those that do not have their own.

Lunch will be provided both course days. 

Location: 16481 CR 319, Navasota, TX 77868

Dates: September 12-13, 2019 (Thursday and Friday)

Times (both days):

8:30 - 11:30 (morning session)

11:30 - 1:00 (lunch break)

1:00 - 4:00 (afternoon session)

Please note, our queen and beekeeping courses are weather dependent and times may need to be adjusted accordingly.