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  1. #21
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    The local bee associations sometimes have a queen rearing course.. You might want to look there...

    But realistically, you can find everything you need here or on youtube. If there is something specific that your looking for, you should ask those questions. As previously mentioned, all you need is enough bees and larva of the right age. The bees will do the rest of the work.

    You just have to decide how to get the bees the larva, if your grafting, cutting comb, using emergency cells etc...


    On the Susan Colbey front, the college website usually has her classes listed. You could also buy her book/dvd. I own them, but again.... Everything you need can be found here or on youtube..
    Solo for the last 4 Years, ~60 Hives, TF + Oils.
    http://tradingwebsites4bees.com

  2. #22
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    I'm pretty keyed in to the local and state associations.

    Seems like there are a few more things to consider. It's my style to spend time researching different approaches before choosing one that fits my level of experience and comfort for a first time shot. Plus, I enjoy reading, including the history and genetics of the bees. Interesting stuff!

    Thanks!

  3. #23
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    There is tons of information on youtube, you just need to filter the good from the bad for yourself...

    I'm all for gathering knowledge, but your initial question was vague. Each of these videos will probably lead you down an endless rabbit hole of bee stuff by following the links on the sidebar.

    Queen Rearing on a Smaller Scale with Larry Connor
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_iFNV5Y-mw

    Queen Rearing in the Sustainable Apiary - Mike Palmer
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7tinVIuBJ8

    Mel Disselkoen speaks on OTS Queen Rearing and Miticide-free beekeeping
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIYz65Vquxg

    Martin Braunstein - Collection of Videos on Queen Rearing
    http://www.youtube.com/user/martinbr...?feature=watch

    Raising Queen Bees at Sleeping Bear Farms
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k97ySnblZRo

    Simple queen rearing (cell-punch method)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxjOMApFUJI

    Honey Bees and Beekeeping 4.2: Queen Rearing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmukiN_btGw

    Fat Beeman's links...
    http://www.youtube.com/user/fineshooter?feature=watch
    Solo for the last 4 Years, ~60 Hives, TF + Oils.
    http://tradingwebsites4bees.com

  4. #24
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    Thanks!

  5. #25
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    Another pretty good intro youtube video from TheOhioCountryboy

    http://youtu.be/RKUH8dFlSaE

  6. #26
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    Dr. Susan Cobey has a double-assignment. She teaches at both U.C. Davis, and at Washington State University, and I suppose she would be at WSU now, but I am not entirely sure.

    An old email for her is scobey"at"mac"dot"com. I know she was updating her website a while back, and I have not been in touch with her since, but it is supposed to be up and running by now. Try contacting Dr. Eric Mussen at U.C. Davis. He'll have her current email.

    Dr. Connor has his own website, and owns Wicwas Press. www.wicwas.com

    I'll check and pm you in a few days.

  7. #27
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    Good cutaway shot showing how to use the Chinese grafting tool...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5NnWDkqXNo
    Solo for the last 4 Years, ~60 Hives, TF + Oils.
    http://tradingwebsites4bees.com

  8. #28
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    Default Re: How to Raise Queen Bees - Hands-on Classes and/ or Good Reference Books

    Thanks, guys.

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