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  1. #1
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    After reading on the other forums about rearing your own queens, I am going to do some research. Does anyone recommend any of these books, good or bad.
    Queen Rearing-Snelgrove
    The introduction of Queen Bees- Snelgrove
    Contemporary Queen Rearing-Laidlow
    Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens-Laidlow

    Or any suggestions? Thanks. Stonefly7
    Stonefly7

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    Stonefly

    personally, I have a preference for free stuff I can find on the web
    I thought this was pretty informative

    http://www.motherearthnews.com/libra...eeper_s_Primer

    here's another good one, an online copy of a book by one of the old masters

    http://bees.library.cornell.edu/cgi/...image;seq=0002

    Dave

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    >Queen Rearing-Snelgrove

    Excellent. Out of print, but I found one.

    >The introduction of Queen Bees- Snelgrove

    Haven't seen it. But everything I have of Snelgrove's is good.

    >Contemporary Queen Rearing-Laidlow

    Very in depth. Probably too much information for a beginner and facinating to an experienced queen breeder.

    >Instrumental Insemination of Honey Bee Queens-Laidlow

    Haven't read it. But I'm would expect it to be up to his usual quality.

    Here's a great, simple, method for queens:
    http://www.ohioqueenbreeders.com/queen_rearing.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #4
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    Thankyou both for the great sites and information. Im on my way, will let you know how it goes next year.

    Stonefly7
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    Stone, don't wait that long. We want progress reports. Believeit or not, we're very interested in your raising your own queens. I've done it, and will continue to. I want everyone on these lists to do the same.

    I don't believe in shipping queens in from Hawaii or some really exotic ports like Georgia. [img]tongue.gif[/img]

    Actually I probably will buy queens from MB and FB. But I'm also raising my own. There's are just to keep from too much inbreeding and to get MB long-lived queen genes.

    Good Luck and keep us posted.

    Hawk
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    I like Snelgrove's book on queen rearing; I don't have the other. A recent book I can heartily recommend is John Atkinson's 'Background to bee Breeding', published by Northern Bee Books. It deals in depth with stuff like bee genetics and drone rearing, which are vital if you're going to raise more then the odd one or two queens. That combined with Snelgrove give me all the stuff I need, though I'll always buy another book if I come across one.
    RSBrenchley@aol.com
    Birmingham UK

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