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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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  3. #3
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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.
    "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere." - Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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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/
    Im really not that serious

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