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Queen Rearing Techniques Short Course



Elina L. Niño, Bernardo Niño, and Charley Nye


Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice multiple methods for queen rearing. We will go through a step-by-step process for queen rearing via grafting including setting up cell builders and mating nucs. At the end of the course participants will be able to check their grafting success and local participants can can take queen cells, resulting from their grafting exercises, back to their apiaries. The participants will also learn techniques for assessing Varroa loads in colonies and for evaluating hygienic behavior.




Multiple topics will be covered:


• Honey bee queen biology


• Basics of selective honey bee breeding programs


• Various queen rearing techniques


• Testing for hygienic behavior


• Assessing Varroa mite levels






The course size is limited to 16 participants that have basic beekeeping experience. Please bring your bee suit/veil! The $395 registration fee covers the cost of course materials (including a set of grafting equipment: grafting frame with bars, plastic queen cups and a grafting tool), breakfast, lunch and refreshments on the days of the short course. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own lodging.


Short course will be held at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on UC Davis campus.


For directions visit: http://elninobeelab.ucdavis.edu/qrtsc.html


At the E L Nino Bee Lab, we work with live Honey bees. Honey bees are stinging insects, and while most stings do not require immediate medical attention, a small portion of the population can develop a life-threatening allergy. When working in the hives you will need to wear closed toe and closed heel shoes, long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Protective gear will be provided for you, but if you prefer you may bring your own. If stung, immediately remove the stinger by scraping it off and wash the area to reduce the alarm pheromone. If you experience shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or any other serious symptoms, immediately seek medical attention.