Better Queen Breeding: Bee Improvement Course
You can never know too much about #honey bees, the course content looks very promising, I’ll provide a follow-up, post course.
#Honey bee improvement should be of interest to all beekeepers and for a number of reasons including temper, hygen, quietness on the combs and suitability to the locality.
presented by Roger Patterson
- Bring your own packed lunch – Tea and coffee available separately
- Payments are non-refundable – £20 per person
The queen is the most important factor in the characteristics of a honey #bee colony, so colony assessment and queen selection needs careful consideration. This means rearing our own queens, but the bees give us ample opportunity to do this, with little effort needed by us.
“Raising Your own Queens” is a one day course designed to help beekeepers use these opportunities to improve their bees, as well as giving information to those who wish to raise more queens. This course is organised to help and encourage beekeepers of all abilities to improve their bees, using simple techniques without the need for specialist equipment.
Amongst the topics covered will be:
- Setting the criteria you want in your bees.
- How to assess your own and other people’s colonies.
- Recording your assessments using simple methods.
- Rearing queens from local bees to avoid relying on buying them.
- Deciding which colonies to use queen cells from and which queens to cull.
- Using natural queen cells the bees build.
- Producing “Artificial” queen cells for those who want more queens.
- Changing queens in colonies.
- Making up mating nuclei.
- Getting queens mated.
- Working with other beekeepers and the local BKA.
There will be plenty of information on colony management, with emphasis on understanding what is happening inside colonies and keeping things simple.
Many beekeepers believe some of the current bee problems have been caused by the continued importation of bees and queens. This course will help beekeepers to rear their own queens from local stock and not rely on imports.
Bee Improvement courses are organised by BIBBA on a nationwide basis, in conjunction with local BKAs or bee breeding groups.