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  1. #1
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    Default simple queen rearing

    Right now I have two hives and Im looking to expand to 10. I would like to start selling nucs next year. Im looking for the easiest way to raise a few open mated queens to put in nuc to sell. Im a second year beek and have no experience with queens.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: simple queen rearing

    Look up the Hopkins method of queen rearing............

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    Default Re: simple queen rearing

    Check out the thread "raising queen cells without grafting" by Oldtimer.

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    Default Re: simple queen rearing

    Look up Mel dissolkens On the spot queen rearing.

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    Default Re: simple queen rearing

    With only 2 hives you would probably be better off using a splitting technique (such as the Mel D. method that Charlie mentions) than actual "queen rearing." You could still go into winter with a lot more hives than you have now.

    Just remove the queens into their own nucs, then come back within 10 days and deal all of the frames that then have queen cells on them into their own nucs. Cross your fingers and you could end up with 10 or more queen right colonies in a month. Easy. Good luck.

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    Default Re: simple queen rearing

    X2 with David LaFerney! Great advice, that is what I do not to mention controling the swarming urge and also the mite population!
    Hugus Creek Honey Farm: St. Maries, ID / Lewiston, ID
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