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Queen Rearing Short Course
June 18-20, 2015
This is a course designed for those who want to learn the art of queen rearing using the larval transfer technique (Grafting). The two and 1/2 day course will be at the Purdue Honey Bee Laboratory and will finish on the day of the ISBA-IBA summer meeting.
Those attending the course will get a video (DVD) with their queen rearing manual (Spivak and Reuter) demonstrating the queen rearing techniques. Enrollment is limited to 30 students with their own veil and protective suit, so register early!!! Pre-registration is required.
To register send email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please do not send money. The $150.00 registration fee will be collected on site.
Prerequisite: At least one year of beekeeping experience.
• Introduction to Queen Rearing Systems
• Biology of Queens
• Equipment Used
• Record Keeping
• Selecting Winter-Hardy Mite-Resistant Bees
• Drone Biology
• Commercial Queen Production
• Preparing Finishing Colony
• Preparing Swarm Box
• Cloak Board System (Tentative)
• Grafting (Hands On)
• Alternative Methods
• Procedure from Egg to Queen
• Queen Mating
• Practicing What You Have Learned
• Marking Queens
Thursday, June 18th - Registration 8 AM; Class, 9 AM; Lecture on queen and drone biology; Discussion. Lunch (provided); Class 1-4 PM Colony manipulations; set-up starter colony and swarm box; set-up cloak board; Adjourn.
Friday, June 19th - 8:30 AM Hive manipulations and practice grafting (in the laboratory); 12:00 Lunch (provided); 1:15 PM Putting grafted cups in finishing colony and swarm box; 4 PM Adjourn
Saturday, June 20th - 9 AM Grafting cells out of swarm box and placing in finishing colony; 10:30 AM Enjoy the ISBA summer meeting after you check your queen cells; Adjourn.
Greg Hunt, Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue University
Krispn Given, Apiculture Research Technician, Department of Entomology, Purdue University