Registration is open for the Illinois Queen Initiative workshop in Chicago. If you are tired of buying bee packages year after year or would like to supplement your honey production sideline, consider taking this workshop. The class is on Saturday, April 29, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, IL. The nature center is nestled in a 155 acre wooded area isolated from city noise. The only qualification to take this class is two to three seasons of beekeeping and the desire to do some basic homework reading before the class on the various queen rearing techniques.
We are expanding our program for the Chicago area by holding an indoor class room setting followed up by an apiary workshop 4 to 8 weeks later.
We will cover 5 major queen rearing methods in the class room as well as genetics and selecting for the best breeding candidates.
The apiary workshop will cover:
- Setting up cell starter boxes and cell finisher hives
- Timing boxes
- mating nucs
- queen introduction methods
- Hands-on demonstrations of sampling for mites
- Reading bee temperment
- Handling and marking queens
- Handling and inserting queens and attendants into cages
- Setting up a production schedule for those in the group wanting to become producers
- Over wintering nucs
The registration fee for the workshop is $75 per person for current members of the IQI. Non-members registration fee is $100.00. Once we have received your payment you will receive an information pack by email. This workshop meets the course requirement for experienced beekeepers wishing to become queen producers listed on our website.
To sign up or for more details go to http://www.illinoisqueeninitiative.com/iqi-classes/
For inquiries contact:
Illinois Queen Initiative
Skype hotline at: (309) 533-7331