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  1. #1
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    Default Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    As a second year beekeeper I am interested in trying my hand at some small scale queen rearing. I started with 3 hives last year and expanded to 11 with overwintering nucs. I lost one to absconding and the other to a poor queen. So far my girls are all doing fine and it is pretty chilly here in CT. We are looking at 8 degrees tonight and it doesn't look like the mercury will top 20 for the foreseeable future. Can anyone suggest some good reference material? I have searched the internet as any good 21st century beekeeper would do but I would like a good page turner. Something I can curl up with before bed while the wind howls outside my bedroom window. :-)

    Thanks for the help!

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...arter-Finisher

    One of the several good posts here.

    Sorry, just read your post again. Increase Essentials by Lawrence Connor is a good read.
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    Default Re: Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    awesome thanks!

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    Default Re: Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    mdasplitter.com

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    Default Re: Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    Classic Queen Rearing Compendium by Michael Bush is my favorite queen rearing book.
    I have a copy on the nightstand by my bed, it helps me stay up all night reading.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Default Re: Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    Quote Originally Posted by Vance G View Post
    mdasplitter.com
    I'll second that
    Beekeeper? Shoot, my bees keep me!
    100 hives in Western Wa State

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    Default Re: Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    Here is an overview of the concepts of queen rearing:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm

    A simple way to raise a few queens:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesafewgoodqueens.htm

    And a bunch of classic books on queen rearing:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesoldbooks.htm

    All of the books are graftless methods except Doolittle's Scientific Queen Rearing and Smith's Queen Rearing Simplified.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Looking for some sage advice on queen rearing

    Don aka fat beeman has a U-tube video with a real down and dirty method but the most straight forward and basic of any. Or check out this web site http://www.mdasplitter.com/
    I’m really not that serious

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