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John Harding Queen Rearing

[…]these were to be the basis of this project and be multi functional. For this system it is better to make a purpose built stand that will make manipulation far easier, is stable and at a height that is agreeable to you. The base is set up on the stand and made up of three 5 frame nucleus bodies end-to-end […]

Queens: Collaboration and how to make it easy on yourself and your bees – by Karl Colyer

[…]80% success rate in introducing a lot of bees very quickly. I’m sure you appreciate that having to make up 30 nucs at short notice can be quite challenging. Now, when I say that it didn’t entirely work, I need to clarify that. In May, I had two queens to use on my personal bee improvement programme. Now, I would […]
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Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

[…]too many methods can be a source of much confusion and leave one overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. Like most things in beekeeping, the best way to learn is to have a go, find out what works or does not work, and then try to refine or improve the technique over time. Although there is an enormous array […]

Find, Mark & Clip the Queen

[…]placed in an empty nucleus box, which is covered over with a cloth, for the time being. In order to make more room for inspection it is advisable to remove a second frame from the brood chamber and having scanned it, transfer it to the nucleus box in like manner. These back frames are generally empty in the early spring, […]

Steve Rose Queen Rearing

This is a queen rearing method to persuade non-prolific and non-swarmy bees to raise queen cells on a regular basis through the season. (updated July 2015) Summary: Put queen excluder(s) and 2 half-width brood boxes over a standard colony when the first supers would normally be fitted. Wait for bees to start putting nectar in the half boxes and mature […]

BIBBA Queen Rearing Table (Tom’s Table)

[…]Table” that has been rewritten by Roger Patterson in 2015, to include other methods of producing queen cells and to correct one error. This version covers grafting, cell punching, cell plugs, Miller/Alley and Morris Board methods. BIBBA Queen Rearing […]

Laesoe 2004

[…]into Carniolan and Italian colonies is difficult. Workers of these two latter races often build queencells even when an introduced A. m. mellifera queen is laying, and will remove her eggs from the cells. Nils Drivdal from Norway sketched out his view of the long-term history of bees in Northern Europe. The forests in which honey hunting and log hive […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]of honey and wax. Some species of Meliponinae form very large colonies and store sufficient honey to make their exploitation worthwhile. Modern apicultural methods are inapplicable, but tribes of Central and South American Indians have kept such bees in “hives” for hundreds of years. (It should not be inferred however, that Stingless bees are necessarily gentle and easy to handle; […]
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Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]to read newsprint clearly at 12-18" in front of you. We strongly suggest a notebook and/or laptop to make notes. A camera for practical sessions is always useful and its use will be encouraged. All other equipment will be supplied. What can I expect? A well-run course with a limited number of attendees, so the tutors aren't over-stretched allowing them […]


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Some history of the East Midlands group

[…]to help them orient on to the site, such as a bush or small tree. This reduces losses due to queens returning to the wrong nuc. In normal weather conditions we expect queens to be mated and laying within two weeks. Planning based on this presumption, means having more queen cells ready to put in the same mini-nucs two weeks […]

The black bee, an increasingly rare pearl

[…]out more On the black bee, FEDCAN, the black bee conservatories, the action of POLLINIS for pollinators, and to find a list of reference works: […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]more spendthrift like Italian, and although I fed it and hope it will, I don’t fully expect it to make it through winter as it is still light. These bees aren’t particularly dark, which illustrates how (except in very pure lines) bee colour doesn’t really tell you anything. Hive 2 is an established colony which descends from one Gareth John […]

BIM 50 – Winter 2017

[…]have been raising queens for 50 years, and not always having ideal conditions I have had to make do with what is available I have found that larvae for queen rearing can survive outside the hive and be transported for much longer than is usually said Winter Losses – Beowulf Cooper a necessary part of strain maintenance … SICAMM Conference […]

NatBIP News No2

[…]about queen rearing but surprisingly little about assessment of colonies and selecting which queen to breed from. What there is, can be off-putting as, often, such a long-winded process is recommended that few of us would ever reach an end-result. Particularly in the first season, one wants to identify a queen worth rearing from quite quickly, so that some new […]

Bee Improvement Strategies – Kevin Thorn -part one

[…]reliability, offspring more closely resembling their parents, but usually little thought is given to how this strain can be maintained. Inevitably, it may be almost impossible to keep them pure and you will need to buy in new stock regularly just to keep them going. An alternative to buying in queens is to start with a frame of eggs from […]
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BBOBI Group – April 2020 Newsletter

[…]an eye on the What’sApp group, it is the best way to make cries for help. If you’re not included, email me your phone number to be added to the thirty or so members on the group today. If you do not wish to read these emails in future, please let me know and I’ll remove your email from the list. Please […]