Successful Queen Rearing Short Course

Class Description

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 copy of our Successful Queen Rearing Manual that describes 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.


Next Class: July 29-31, 2022.

Covid Policy: The class may have to be canceled due to Covid concerns. In the event of cancelation, a
full refund will be made. However, students should consider this possibility when making any travel arrangements.

Register here

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?

Learn about

  • Introduction to queen rearing
  • Biology of queens
  • Equipment
  • Record keeping
  • Choosing breeder stock
  • Drones
  • Commercial queen production
  • Preparing a finishing colony
  • Preparing a swarm box
  • Grafting (hands-on)
  • Procedure from egg to queen
  • Queen mating
  • Marking queens
  • Breeding for hygienic behavior


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
  • Gary Reuter, Scientist, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota