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  1. #1
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    Default What eqpt. is needed for Queen rearing?

    O.k.... I keep scratching my head looking at catalogs ect. trying to figure out what I would need to produce Queens (more than just a few). Would one of you be kind enough to make a list of stuff I should buy? I would prefer a non-graft type set up since I do not have that sort of skill at this point. Make the assumption I am going to produce about 100 Queens at any given time. I do not have anything related to Queen rearing at this point and would be starting from scratch.
    Also, how many hives would need to be devoted to this project- cell builders ect. at this level?
    Thanks much- I know I am asking a kinda' big question here.

  2. #2
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    here's a nice no graft kit
    http://www.betterbee.com/products.asp?dept=631
    here's another
    http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com....asp?pcode=330
    here's an online book from mb"s site that will answer your questions about your cell builders, finishers, mating nucs, etc..
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearingsimplified.htm

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    this coming year will be the start of my 3rd year raising queens so Im still a rookie, I havent tried to raise a huge number but this coming year I am splurging (going for 100), I AM STILL LEARNING,,,, ok once you choose how you want to load cells (graft or not), you will need 2 things most important, equipment and bee's, for equipment you will need mating nucs (I use 5 frame nuc's), frames, foundation, drawn comb, sugar syrup, feeders, ect. and you will need plenty of all, these are the first things I ran out of, now bee's, say your first time you get lucky on cells and make 30 cells well you have to have equipment for all 30 but you will need bee's for all 30 also, it takes alot of bee's for 30 nuc's. my first year I couldn't believe how much you have to have just to raise about 30 queens, sometimes I was out of equipment and sometimes I didnt have enough bee's....... it is surprising how much you need just to raise 30 at a time.

    I left out a bunch but I will let others fill them in, They might do different than me and can help you more......
    Last edited by TwT; 09-21-2007 at 03:37 PM.
    Ted

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    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm

    There are many choices. You can rear queens without buying any equipment. It depends on how many you want and what kind of resources (bees and hives) you have to rely on. Mating nucs are used to minimize the number of resources for lots of queens. Queen rearing kits are used to minimize the learning curve of learning what the right age larvae look like and not having to learn to graft. The Miller method is a pretty nice one that requires little equipment. This one:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beeshopkinsmethod.htm

    The REAL Hopkins method really requires no special equipment at all other than building a cell bar frame.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Thanks so much guys....... Ted, you really got me thinking. I guess I knew it took a lot of stuff to start but you put it in perpective for me...just the fact that it takes so many bees and that running out of stuff was a continual problem at first! That is the kind of stuff that I need to know and had not truely thought about. I will have to spend some time really gearing up-bee wise before I could start.
    I am going to go read the links now that MB & WV Beekeeper sent....thanks again guys. I wish there were Queen rearing classes here in the South. I am a "monkey see-monkey do" type guy.

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    as twt suggested I would first suggest to you that you modify downwards your expectations in regards to the quantity of queens you might desire to raise at one time.

    as to bee/equipment resources it seems like a good gestimate is that each cell starter (which will produce from 20 40 cells) will require about 10 hives to support this one starter.

    fat beeman does a queen rearing school which some folks have reported to be quite informative.

    good luck...

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