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Back Yard Beekeepers Association

A club for the Hobbyist Beekeeper, based in Southwestern Connecticut

Queenrearing Class - Cycle 1

  • Sunday, June 28, 2020
  • Sunday, July 19, 2020
  • Randall’s Farm, an Aspetuck Land Trust property, in Easton


  • Queenrearing Cycle 1

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Cycle 1:  From June 28 to July 19

This class will include the following:

  • Recommendations on solid queenrearing literature
  • Learn the Miller method: small-scale queen-rearing for the backyard beekeeper
  • Grafting tool to take home for practice for the Doolittle method of rearing queens
  • Practice grafting larvae (Doolittle method), to anchoring this skill in your toolkit.
  • How to set up a colony to accept your cells for starting/finishing
  • Weekly visits to the queenyard: 
    • Day 1: on grafting day, to re-organize the colony to accept the grafted larvae, and graft the larvae into cells on cell bars
    • Day 8: 1 week later to review the take rate of grafted larvae, and to put cell protectors on for queen cells; review mating nucleus colonies for indications of being queenright         
    • Day 12:  pull mated queens from the mating nucleus colonies and to place the queen cells you grafted

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Redding Ridge, CT 06876

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