Basic Queen Rearing
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  1. #1
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    Default Basic Queen Rearing

    Just wondering if some experienced queen breeders could use this thread to post some basic info for us noobs. maybe post some photos etc about how you go about the business.
    • Preparation
    • Setting up cell builders, etc.
    • Best way to collect larvae
    • Photos of your grafting setup.
    • Timetables
    • Anything I have missed.
    I want bees that make up for my mistakes.

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    Default Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    I’d suggest spending some time reading through some of the stickies here on the bee and queen and bee breeding site first. A real wealth of info there from some of the best.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    I do small scale queen rearing once or twice a year. I do 10 - 15 cells at a time in a 5 frame queenless starter-finisher. This is what the starter-finisher looks like right after adding the grafts. The piece of plywood on the top is covering the hole the sugar water bottle will be going in. p1000240-1.jpg

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    Default Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    Off of the main Beesource page in the Resources section and then in the Elements of Beekeeping is a article from Oldtimer on queen rearing. From that article, I loved the idea about sequestering the queen to create the larvae for his method. I used that for my first attempts at grafting. I had no idea what size larvae should be used and this system takes the guesswork out of it. Any larvae on the comb will be the right age and size. You cannot guess wrong. I don't need to sequester the queen anymore but for a beginner without a mentor to guide me, this really helped.

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    Default Re: Basic Queen Rearing

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7tinVIuBJ8
    Michael Palmer step by step for the small time queen rearing.
    “Why do we fall, sir? So that we might learn to pick ourselves up” Alfred Pennyworth Batman Begins (2005)

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