Queen Rearing Project

When it becomes necessary to replace queens again, whether it be in the spring, or in the fall, the majority of beekeepers will order their new queens from beekeepers that specialize in the breeding and rearing of queen bees, called queen breeders. However, when a beekeeping operation becomes large enough, sometimes having to rely on an outside source for queens becomes a hassle. For the beekeeper, having a ready supply of queens from a known, and reliable source is a must, and many large-scale, or commercial beekeepers will begin rearing queens themselves.

Spiral Horn Apiary is at the operational stage where our location and climate play an important role in our ability to get queens from other breeders. The weather does not always like to cooperate in order for us to reliably ship the number of queens we need in a season. Thus begins our own queen rearing project here at the Apiary. In order for the project to succeed, we will be doing large amount of research into the different methods of the queen rearing process, including both grafting, and non-grafting methods, such as the Nicot system, and many other tricks of the trade that may aide in the success of our queen rearing project.

The first section of research will be conducted at a general level, looking into both methods of queen rearing, and the general processes and schedules therein. From there, our research will focus more intently on the non-grafting methods to get our queen rearing project up off the ground and operational as we look into the grafting method which takes larger amounts of time and practice. Numerous books and online publications, as well as queen rearing workshops will be a part of this research phase, so that our queen rearing project will be ultimately successful.