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Queen Rearing Short Course
June 14-16th 2018

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 ½ day course will be at the Purdue Honey Bee Laboratory and will finish on the day of the TBOI 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: Please do not send money. The $150 registration fee will be collected on site.

At least one year of beekeeping experience

Learn about:
• 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 15th

8:00 a.m. - Registration
9:00 a.m. - Class: Lecture on queen and drone biology, Discussion.
Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. - Class: Colony manipulations, set up starter colony and swarm box. Set up cloak board.
4:00 p.m.- Adjourn

Friday, June, 16th

8:30 a.m. - Hive manipulations and practice grafting (In the laboratory)
12:00 p.m. - Lunch (provided)
1:15 p.m. - Putting grafted cups in finishing colony and swarm box
4:00 p.m. - Adjourn

Saturday, June, 17th

9:00 a.m. - Grafting Cells out of Swarm Box and Placing in Finishing Colony
10:30 a.m. - Enjoy the TBOI summer meeting after you check your queen cells
4:00 p.m. - Adjourn

Krispn Given, Apicultural Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Purdue University

Greg Hunt, Professor, Department of Entomology, Purdue Univeristy

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