Queen Rearing Class with Paul Mazuar
When: Saturday, June 10, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Room 125, 1800 North Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI
Class Fee: $60.00
Maximum Enrollment: 25 students
Student Experience Level: Students are expected to be novice beekeepers having at least 2 years of successful beekeeping experience or have completed a bee class and possess a good understanding of beekeeping knowledge. (personal protective equipment required for field hive visits .
Come join us for a day of practical queen-rearing with veteran beekeeper and queen producer Paul Mazur. By the end of this course, it is the instructor's intention that you will know the essential conditions needed to successfully raise queens on your own: honey bee life cycle, the importance of understanding caste differentiation, hive and queen cell manipulations, as well as other subjects related to the theory and scientific evidence concerning queen development. Basic grafting technique will be emphasized and critiqued by the instructor as all students practice this skill in the field. A modified Cloake board method for queen-rearing will be presented in. Class reference notes and practice equipment will be provided. Field visit to the bee yard to show and demonstrate hive manipulations is conditional on weather and volunteer setup, Students will be given a grafting tool and some basic items to take home provided they are obtained before the scheduled class. If desired, students may be able to purchase additional queen rearing supplies if they become available to the instructor.