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Queen Rearing Workshop with Bee Scientifics
Learn how to raise your own queens.
All you need to know about Queen Bee rearing and more than you'll remember!
Raising your own queens is one of the most rewarding endeavours in beekeeping and it's easy to do. This class takes a science based approach to queen rearing. We train beekeepers to understand and work with bee’s natural tendencies to successfully raise queens in any size operation.
Held in over three consecutive days this course is hosted and delivered by Benedict Hughes (The Practical Beekeeper) and Jody Gerdts from Bee Scientifics.
December 4th, 5th and 6th
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS WORKSHOP
This workshop is geared toward experienced hobby and backyard beekeepers who want to learn about re-queening and be empowered to raise their own queens for splits or to re-queen old or failing queens.
- Optimum conditions for queen rearing
- Honey bee biology
- Breeder selection
- Locally adapted stock
- Raising cells
- Mating virgins
- Requeening with cells
During the course we will be working from the text book Queen bee breeding and recommend participants buy the text book and bring it with them; you can but online here - Queen bee breeding
Jody Gerdts, Bee Scientifics
Jody Gerdts is the principal researcher and educator at Bee Scientifics. She is a fourth generation beekeeper and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Education and Master’s degree in Environmental Science. She has previously worked closely with Dr. Marla Spivak at the University of Minnesota as a laboratory technician and developer of beekeeper education and training programs. Jody seeks to enhance Australian honey bee stocks and build beekeeper capacity through science based honey bee breeding, education and training.
She works with commercial (migratory) beekeepers within their operations, maintains a breeding program, and offers classes, workshops and field days for beekeepers.
Her aim is to provide long-term solutions to honey bee health threats through conducting and translating research into best management practices. In short, to enhance Australian honey bee stocks and build beekeeper capacity through science based honey bee breeding, education and training
Benedict Hughes, The Practical Beekeeper
Benedict Hughes is a registered Beekeeper. As The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees. Benedict is a member of the Beekeeper State Quarantine Response Team with the Victorian Government (emergency beekeeper), is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres in Brunswick and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park. Benedict regularly runs sessions about bees and about backyard beekeeping for kids and adults.
- The optimum conditions for queen bee rearing.
- The tools, systems and timeline required to succesfully rear your own queen bees.
- How to breed queens that are hygenic, productive and gentle.
- At the end of this three day workshop you'll have all the skills to raise your own queen bees no matter the size of your apiary.
Venue details to be confirmed
- Comfortable long sleave shirt and closed footwear as we are working in the apiary
- tea and coffee and snacks provided but please bring lunch
- your own clean bee suit, without wax, honey or propolis (we have some veils available if you want to borrow them)
Don't forget we are in the outdoors so bring some sturdy boots
The course is perfect for both sideline or professional beekeepers looking to expand their knowledge and take their skills to the next level.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place. Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.
Terms & Conditions
Participation in Beekeeping classes and workshops are at your own risk. Whilst we take every precaution to take reasonable care of our customers, we acknowledge that bees and the natural environment can pose risk, and your attendance at our classes waives our liability for any injuries that occur. Payment of class or event is confirmation of your place(s) in the class. Minimum numbers apply for each class, if we require the class(es) to be postponed or cancelled, a refund or re-allocation to the same class or a different class of the same value will be offered.
We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @practical_beekeeper or with our community. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins. You can send us an email prior to class or just give us a heads up at the start of class.
Due to the uncertainty of COVID 19, we may need to postpone our classes. In the case of postponement your booking will be transferred to another date.
Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place. If you are unable to attend on the day, last minute cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.
Disclaimer: Beekeeping material & information published and/or presented in any of our training courses or workshops, leaflets or on The Practical Beekeeper website is produced in good faith & for general information and The Practical Beekeeper or its proprietors will not be liable for any loss suffered by any person for action taken on the basis of such information.