Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

Due to Covid19 precautions, we will not be holding in-person classes until it is safe. Instead, we are designing new, exciting on-line modules that cover the same beekeeping information - and more! - so stay tuned for information on future registration.

Next Class July 16-18, 2021  Registration is on Hold

Why not rear your own queens? The University of Minnesota Queen Rearing short course teaches one method of rearing queens that works consistently for both hobby and commercial beekeepers. Topics covered include queen and drone biology, timing of queen rearing in northern climates, stock selection and breeding for hygienic behavior, setting up mating yards, and record keeping. Everyone will have a chance to try their hand at grafting larvae and raising their own queens. A unique feature of the course is the section on queen rearing equipment designs that will allow you to build your own!

The cost for the 2 1/2 day course is $350.00 which includes Successful Queen Rearing manual, Honey Bee Diseases and Pests manual, lunch, and refreshments. Those attending the course receive a professional video (DVD) demonstrating the queen rearing techniques. Enrollment is limited to 32 people, so register early!

This course is for anyone interested in learning how to raise queens who has at least one year of beekeeping experience.

This class is limited to 32 people. Registration is first come first served.

  1. Explain your reason for taking this course, including why you want to raise queens.
  2. How many colonies do you maintain?

Please Register online

Learn about:

  • Introduction to Queen Rearing
  • Biology of Queens
  • Equipment Used
  • Record Keeping
  • Choosing Breeder Stock
  • Drones
  • Commercial Queen Production
  • Preparing Finishing Colony
  • Preparing Swarm Box
  • Grafting (hands on)
  • Alternative Methods
  • Procedure from Egg to Queen
  • Queen Mating
  • Practicing what you have learned
  • Marking Queens


Friday Event
8:30 Registration
9:00 Class
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Class
5:00 Adjourn
Saturday; (note: bring your own veil and other protective gear!) Event
8:30 Hive Manipulations and Grafting (Indoor, practice run)
12:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:15 Hive Manipulations and Grafting (Outdoor, real thing)
4:30 Adjourn
Sunday (note: bring your own veil and other protective gear!) Event
9:00 Taking Grafting Cells out of Swarm Box and Placing in Finishing Colony
10:30 Adjourn


  • Marla Spivak, Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota