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  1. #1
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    Default Newbie queen rearing system?

    I would like to try raising my own queens next year. I've got about a dozen hives in my backyard. Can anyone suggest an easy queen rearing system for a newbie? First-timer success rate is probably the most important factor to me. I only want to make about a dozen or so queens, so I don't need something oriented towards large production volume.

    Just the name of an appropriate system is all I need. I can research it once I know what I am looking for.

    TIA.

    --shinbone
    --shinbone
    (3rd year, 14 hives, Zone 5b, 5400 ft, 15.8" annual rainfall)

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Newbie queen rearing system?

    Oldtimer has a good intro here:

    http://www.beesource.com/resources/e...t-cell-method/

    For a sort of rough and ready version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y64cKn4rLNM
    Ray--1 year, 7 hives, TF

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Newbie queen rearing system?

    I like Fatbeeman's video (the second link). Nice and easy, low tech.

    I prefer the Nicot system. No grafting for wimps like me that don't want to graft.

    Grant
    Jackson, MO
    Beekeeping With Twenty-five Hives: https://www.createspace.com/4152725

  4. #4
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    Easley, SC, USA
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    Default Re: Newbie queen rearing system?

    I am also looking for a way to raise queens from my own stock .

  5. #5
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    Clinton County, IN, USA
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    Default Re: Newbie queen rearing system?

    If you are looking at raising queens for splits the ots system is good for newbies, I used it this year with good success

    http://www.mdasplitter.com/

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Newbie queen rearing system?

    The Miller method is pretty simple:
    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmillermethod.htm
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  7. #7
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    Colorado Springs, CO United States
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    Default Re: Newbie queen rearing system?

    I find the system of grafting the easiest (especially on time and number of manipulations), and a cloake board.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Newbie queen rearing system?

    Simple splits are easiest for me, but if you want a lot of queens it cannot supply them. I graft a little here and there, but find it hard to keep up with the time schedule, and end up putting them in an incubator most often. Probably a bit advanced for a beginner.
    NM desert/mountain beekeeper - Black Mesa Honeybees.

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