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Queen Rearing Workshop with Bee Scientifics

Learn how to raise your own queens.

Next Available: Fri, 04 Dec 9:00AM (AEDT)
3 Days
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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.

Course Dates 

December 4th, 5th and 6th


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
  • Grafting
  • 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.

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What you will learn
  • 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.
What you will get
  • 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.
Parking Info

Venue details to be confirmed

What to bring
  • 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)
What to wear

Don't forget we are in the outdoors so bring some sturdy boots

Appropriate for

The course is perfect for both sideline or professional beekeepers looking to expand their knowledge and take their skills to the next level.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

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.

Photography Consent

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.

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Terms & Conditions

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.

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11 November 2019 • Queen Rearing Workshop with Bee Scientifics

The Queen Bee rearing workshop was presented in a timely and professional manner by Jody and Benedict. Both highly knowledgeable in the science and practicality of Queen Bee rearing. A friendly and cheerful atmosphere amongst all participants. Encouraged as a course of study for more experienced Bee keepers, It is still an accessible and valuable workshop for beginner beekeepers to participate in. If your a beginner or moderately skilled Bee keeper do not feel intimidated and therefore discouraged by this subject of Queen Bee Rearing. The sooner a Bee keeper understands the relationship between the Queen Bee and her colony, the easier it becomes for a Bee keeper to manage their hive or apiary. All of us share the same interest and passion for bee keeping and participating in this workshop will add to your knowledge and skill set. Whether Bee keeping is your profession or hobby, it’s an education well worth the time and effort. Thankyou Jody and Benedict. Bee Scientific’s queen bee rearing workshop met all my expectations. Kind regards, Henry.


10 November 2019 • Queen Rearing Workshop with Bee Scientifics

What a wonderful experience! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to extend their knowledge of these amazing animals. Hosted by the gorgeous duo Benedict and Jody, these two are so generous and giving of their knowledge and experience...whats not to love! The Quest apartments are a great place to stay (within walking distance of course venue) with all amenities close at hand. Thanks again to everyone involved in making this a most memorable weekend xx


01 December 2018 • Queen Rearing Workshop with Bee Scientifics

Great course. Jody has a fantastic knowledge of bees and presented the information in an extremely informative and lively manner. Benidicts hives used in the course are something to be extremely proud of. Well organised excellent comminucation leading up to the course and it fully achieved its aims. Thank you for a great event.

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