Back to top

Beekeeping Workshops


Queen Rearing Workshop

The ability to rear queens is a key skill for self-sufficient beekeeping. Whether your goal is to rear queens on a large scale for profit, or on a small scale to keep bees sustainably in your back yard, this workshop will provide you with the key concepts and skills to help you get started.

This two-day queen rearing workshop includes classroom lectures and hands-on learning in the bee yard. The workshop will cover topics related to honey bee reproduction and mating, the Doolittle Method of queen rearing, discussion of other methods, and considerations for handling queen cells and mated queens. Participants are required to have a background in beekeeping. Lunch on both days is included.

Workshop Details

Date & time: June 10, 8:30 - 4:30 and June 17, 8:30 - 4:30
Location: Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies, 209 Freese Road, Ithaca NY 14850
Registration Cost: $200 (10% discount for members of any beekeeping club)

All participants go home with the following:

  1. A copy of the book Queen Rearing Essentials by Lawrence Connor
  2. Basic queen rearing equipment
  3. Workshop booklet
  4. A queen bee (queen cell or mated queen)

Register Now

Register here if you are a member of a bee club ($180). All bee clubs in North America are eligible.

Register here if you are not a member of a bee club ($200).

Important: please make sure you provide your email and phone number during enrollment so we can get in touch with you in the event of a weather delay. If you have dietary restrictions, please email Scott McArt at shm33@cornell.edu for lunch accommodations.


Instructors

Brian Evans, Professional Queen Rearer, Barton’s Queens, Morris, NY
Craig Olds, Professional Queen Rearer, Ruby Bay Queens, Ruby Bay, New Zealand
Emma Mullen, Honey Bee Extension Associate, Cornell University
Scott McArt, Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health, Cornell University

Support by Finger Lakes Beekeepers

David Hopkins, Sky Barn Apiaries
George Myers, FLBC treasurer

Tentative Schedule

June 10, 2017

8:30 – 9:15

Lecture: The biology of honey bee reproduction and mating

9:20 – 10:05

Lecture: Queen rearing methods & schedule

10:05 – 10:15

Break

10:15 – 11:00

Lecture: Preparing a cell starter and a cell finisher

11:00 – 12:30

Bee yard: Preparing a cell starter

12:30 – 1:00

Breakout discussion groups

1:00 – 2:00

Lunch

2:00 – 2:30

Lecture: Grafting

2:30 – 4:30

Activity: Grafting

June 17, 2017

8:30 – 9:15

Lecture: Assessing queen cells

9:20 – 10:05

Lecture: Setting up a mating nuc

10:05 – 10:15

Bee yard: Setting up a mating nuc

10:15 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 12:30

Lecture: Catching and marking queens

12:30 – 1:00

Lecture: Banking and shipping queens

1:00 – 2:00

Lunch

2:00 – 2:30

Lecture: Bee breeding: Selecting traits of interest

2:30 – 4:30

Breakout discussion groups