Category: Raising Your Own Queen Bees

Raising your own queen bees so that you don’t have to buy them from elsewhere will help make your beekeeping sustainable. Your queens will head your own colonies and any surplus can be sold.

Queen Honeybee marked with a Green Dot

10 x 10 Queen Production

The Chosen Ones I have some great queens in my hives. My best one is a “yellow dot” in her third season. Her hive is always one of my tallest, giving me loads of honey every year. I’ve never seen any signs of swarming in her colony, and […]

Walrus with bees

We’re all Newbs at Something

The term “newb” is typically used by gamers to describe somebody new to the game, or gaming, and is somewhat derogatory. However, we all have to start somewhere. Even the most gloriously proficient expert at something was once a humble newb. With bees, we usually start off knowing […]

Actors from the Crown and Victoria

Are Your Queens Majestic?

Anybody who has been reading my blog for a while will no doubt form the view that I am obsessed with queens. I’m talking about queen honey bees, not what you were thinking, you smutty vermin. The queen bee is not the ruler of her hive, as some […]

honeybee queen cell

Queen rearing: first attempt

About 2 years ago I had an amazing life changing experience. Ever since I was 7 years old I had worn eye glasses and I quickly became the shy boy with massive thick goldfish bowls on his face; eyes disappearing into tiny dots, and huge craters on my […]