Queen Cells – Are They Always Bad News?

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For some strange reason, many beekeepers see queen cells in a colony as a problem and something that should be destroyed, often without knowing why they are there and what damage they can do by squashing them. Queen cells can tell you a lot about what is happening in a colony, so as well as containing the future of a colony, they are a good source of information. This presentation will discuss why queen cells are built, how you can identify them and encourage beekeepers to understand them better, perhaps treating them as opportunities, rather than a danger.

Roger Patterson is a practical beekeeper who started keeping bees in his native West Sussex in 1963. He has learnt a lot by observing bees and beekeepers in a wide variety of locations, which has helped him to develop his simple management system and to question what he is told.
Roger has learnt a lot from bees, that he passes on to others as a prolific speaker, demonstrator and author of five books. “Live@the Hive” features him being live streamed inspecting colonies and giving tips from his home apiary.
He has been a demonstrator at the Wisborough Green BKA teaching apiary since the early 1970s and is currently the Apiary Manager, where there are normally over 30 colonies for tuition. For about 15 years he had 130 colonies of his own, but is now down to around 35. He is President of BIBBA and owns and runs the Dave Cushman website http://www.dave-cushman.net/, which is considered to be one of the world's most comprehensive beekeeping websites.