Queen Rearing and Bee
Apicultural Society (EAS)
Ohio State Beekeepers Assoc.
The American Bee
Ohio State Bee Lab
American Beekeeping Federation
American Honey Producers
are now rearing queens with the intention of providing local beekeepers
(and myself!) with queen bees reared in the geographic area and climate type where
they will be used.
A nationwide effort to implement this strategy, in
small, localized cells, will provide beekeepers a healthier bee population without the constant
transmission of pests and diseases across the country or the stress
inflicted on queens in extended shipping.
Of course, this will not be easy. In many cases, it will take a change in
mindset of beekeepers. Ohio weather will hamper the typical spring desire
for queens and rearing must be done somewhat later in the season, especially
if the queens are to be evaluated fairly prior to the sale. This means the development
of a program similar to Kirk Webster's in Vermont. Queens reared later can
be used to requeen colonies in the summer or for summer nucs raised to be
overwintered and then available in the spring.
use grafting and graftless methods of queen rearing including the Nicot
Hopkins or Case Method, and combinations of the Alley and/or Jay Smith
method. I like the idea of having minimal disruption in the feeding of the larval state which Jay
Smith mentions in "Better
Queens" but sometimes need precludes.
pics of some 2009 cells. Some 2008 queens. Here's some
my 2007 attempts at the
Hopkins method and some queen cells reared using the
If you are interested in local raw honey, comb
honey, creamed honey, or beeswax products, please visit
www.ohiohomestead.com. For information on nucs for sale, see
OhioNucs. For pollination information utilizing honey bees and
alternative pollinators, see