May 17, 2018 -- Queen Rearing in the Northwest -- CLOSED REGISTRATION (1)
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About The Event
May 17, 2018 -- Queen Rearing in the Northwest, $100
George Purkett, Apiary Manager -- Preregistration if required as class size is very limited. WSBA members have precedence.
The WSBA 2018 queen-rearing class will focus on the process of queen rearing for the hobby beekeeper who has a couple of hives. This class will consist of 12 sessions focusing on the practical aspects of queen rearing from a hands-on approach. Both a grafting and non-grafting method of growing queens will be covered. Over the course of a month, students will be making up walkaway splits, swarm boxes, and grafting bee larva to produce queen cells for the purpose of growing queens. As a final class project, a cloak board hive will be set up to support an attempt at growing a large number of queen cells to be ready on the third Tuesday of June. Students will be encouraged to bring in desirable larva to graft from this final project. Due to the repetitive learning process being used, students will not miss much content if some of the sessions cannot be attended. Students will be provided with a nuc box so they can follow the class steps in their home apiary to produce two queens following the same process as the class. Individual classes will be from one to two hours in length.
Class dates and topics for students:
Thur. May 17, 6 PM : Overview presentation, handouts, homework assignments.
Sat. May 19, 11 AM: Walkaway1 setup / Swarmbox1 setup
Tues. May 22, 5 PM: Walkaway1 and Swarmbox1: check & grafting practice.
Sat. May 26, 11 AM: Grafting for Swarmbox1 / Nucbox1 final adjustments.
Tues. May 29, 5 PM: Walkaway2 setup / Swarmbox2 setup and grafting. Assess Swarmbox1.
Sat. June 2, 11 AM: Walkaway3 setup / Swarmbox3 setup and grafting. Check 2 boxes.
Tues. June 5, 5 PM: Cloak hive setup. Assess Swarmbox2 results.
Sat. June 9, 11 AM: Cloak hive reconfigure.
Sun. June 10, 11 AM: Cloake hive grafting. Assess Swarmbox3 results.
Tue. June 12, 5 PM: Graft check.
Sat. June 16, 11 AM: Graft check, class assessment.
Tues. June 19, 5 PM: Ripe queen cell harvest from Cloake hive.