A Web-Based Introductory Beekeeping Training Program

Sponsored by:

Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association
Ohio State Beekeepers Association

Presenting Beekeepers: John Grafton & Jim Tew

Video Segments

  1. Assembling Hive Equipment
  2. Frame Assembly
  3. Branding Wooden Equipment
  4. Lighting a Smoker
  5. Spring Bee Flight
  6. Spring Management Part 1
  7. Spring Management Part 2
  8. Spring Management Part 3
  9. Spring Management Part 4
  10. Correcting a Cross-Comb Colony
  11. Refurbishing Hive Equipment
  12. Evaluating a Queen’s Performance Part 1
  13. Evaluating a Queen’s Performance Part 2
  14. Evaluating a Queen’s Performance Part 3
  15. Evaluating A Queen’s Performance Part 4
  16. Package Bees Part 1
  17. Package Bees Part 2
  18. Hiving a Swarm
  19. Hiving Three Swarms
  20. Laying Workers Part 1
  21. Laying Workers Part 2
  22. A Quick View of a Propolis Forager
  23. Water Foragers
  24. Moving Two Bee Colonies
  25. An Introduction to Wintering Biology
  26. Basic Hive Equipment
  27. Feeders Part 1
  28. Feeders Part 2
  29. Hive Supers
  30. Preparing Colonies for Winter
  31. Protective Equipment
  32. Specialty Beehive Equipment
  33. Transferring Bees Part 1
  34. Transferring Bees Part 2


PowerPoint Productions

  1. Honey Bees and Parasitic Mites
  2. Commercial Pollination
  3. The Dynamics of Pollination

Evaluating A Queen’s Performance – Part 1

The colony being inspected has been opened previously and has been fed. Early queen cells were observed several weeks ago. Once again queen cells are present. It appears that the colony is preparing to supersede the queen. 

Next Lesson: Evaluating A Queen’s Performance – Part 2


  1. Without seeing the queen what can be used to determine if a queen is present?
  2. What are two items to consider when evaluating a queen?
  3. Why is it a good idea to remove a frame from the outer edge first and work towards the center?


  1. Curious

    Why order a new queen if, after giving them a frame of open brood from another hive, they make their own queen?

    1. Tim Arheit

      While you can certainly do what you propose, there are a number of reasons why you may want to give them another queen rather than letting them raise their own:

      • The hive will begin growing much more quickly. A new queen should be laying within a week, but allowing a hive to raise it’s own queen will take 4 to 5 weeks. If it’s late in the season or the hive has been queenless for some time, they may not have time to recover or may loose much of their population before the new queen begins laying.
      • Depending on the time of year, the weather may not be good enough for mating flights (70 degrees and not raining or too windy)
      • An adequate supply of unrelated drones may not be available for mating.
      • You may not be happy with the genetics of the hive or may want to improve the diversity of genetics available in your bee yard.

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