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Beekeeping: Queen Rearing (BKP03)
During this two-half day beekeeping course, Paul Benoit will touch on:
- The theory of queen rearing.
- Grafting and putting the queen cells into the cell builders.
- Making nucs from the college hives.
This course is designed to help people start a bee hive. This year the bees will not be making much honey, they’ll be busy building up their hive. If they survive the winter, they should make honey next year.
The cells are only ready to be removed 10 days after being grafted and have to be used that day. Students will have to pick up their queen cells on that day from the Research Farm between 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm.
Please advise upon registration if you will be purchasing a nuc. The price is $130.00 in addition to each registration.
Students will be making their own grafted queen cells.
They’ll be receiving a Nuc which is about ¼ of a bee hive.
They’ll be able to take home 2-3 cells.
They’ll receive a full hive box, 3 frames of brood, 1 frame of honey, 1 frame of pollen, and 4 empty frames.
If they do not pay this price, they will not be taking anything home and will not need to return on June 14th to pick anything up.
Students are not to bring any of their own “nucs, frames or hive boxes” from home. They are welcome to bring a smoker, hive tools and clothes (veil, gloves, coveralls).
We’ll know closer to the date if someone can purchase more supplies. It’ll depend on how many people will be taking home the nucs from the course.