Queen Cells – Are They Always Bad News?

Webinar: Monday 22nd April 2024 –
Roger Patterson

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Many beekeepers see queen cells in a colony as a problem and something that should be destroyed. This presentation will help beekeepers to understand them and treat them as an opportunity.

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Queen Cell Production in a Single Brood Chamber Colony

Queen Cell Production in a Single Brood Chamber Colony Taken from Breeding Better Bees The following simple method was observed by BIBBA’s Director, Ken Ibbotson, in Holland. It is suitable for a beekeeper with single brood chamber colonies wishing to rear a small number of queens. It should produce 7-10 very good queen cells. For…

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Queen Rearing and Bee Improvement Courses

BIBBA are committed to helping beekeepers to improve their bees and those of the surrounding area, by raising queens from their better colonies and culling the poorer ones. Bee Improvement should be of interest to all beekeepers and for a number of reasons including temper, quietness on the combs and suitability to the locality. The…

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Improving bees by raising your own queens

The improvement of bees is an important part of beekeeping. The suitability of bees to the environment and their temper are issues that concern the caring beekeeper, but are not often included in tuition.

This course will cover many of the topics and techniques that will suit the “ordinary” beekeeper, with a large practical element

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Section 5.1 – Queen Rearing Methods

Photo by Roger Patterson Queen Rearing Methods There are so many techniques of queen rearing, and so much has been written about them, that it may seem unwise to add any more. Studying too many methods can be a source of much confusion and leave one overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed. Like most…

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

Last year, I did several splits including splits of all my favourite breeder colonies in mid-August. It was a slight gamble where I live in Cheshire but the weather was fair and the outlook very similar. Roger mentioned that I was out of action from last September (2 months to get walking, a year to pass a medical to get my driving licence back and lots of mobility issues in between). The rivers around me flooded while I was in hospital and many of my bees and colonies were literally swept away.
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