Beekeeping Forums banner

Rearing Queens

1081 Views 3 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  BjornBee
Hi everyone,
My name is Paul, and I live in south central Oklahoma. I am a newbee (first year). I have a couple of successful hives and have recently captured a few swarms. My question is; What is the best method to use to raise queens? I would like to have a few on hand for captured swarms and requeening. Thanks in in advance, Paul
1 - 1 of 4 Posts
For every extra queen you desire, you must have a place for her. So get a few nuc boxes. Then as part of your swarm prevention/management, utilize extra queen cells they provide to you. You can also open up the brood chamber every year and suppress swarming by taking out a few frames during swarm season, thus starting small nucs. These provide boosting nucs for weak hives, allow extra queens to be on hand in requeening later in the summer, or for those swarms that always seem to go queenless.

The BEST (as you asked) way to raise queens, is grafting your own. It allows you to select the genetics, time the queens to your schedule, and uses the least resources.
1 - 1 of 4 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.