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

Laying Workers – Part 2

The first effort at combining the laying worker colony with another queen-right weak colony was not successful. Jim and John discuss what to do next and decide to combine the dysfunctional colony with a strong queen-right nucleus colony. This procedure was successful. 

Next Lesson: A Quick View of a Propolis Forager


  1. Is it always successful when you combine two colonies?
  2. Is the newspaper method of combining colonies successful because it gradually joins the two colonies?
  3. Is it possible to locate a laying worker?


  1. Carol Ventura

    Don’t you have to find and kill the laying worker and the queen from the bottom box so that they don’t kill the new introduced queen?

    1. Tim Arheit

      When you have a laying worker, it’s a sign that you haven’t had a queen for some time so there is no need to search for the queen. As far as finding the laying worker, it’s likely that there are more than one and they would be virtually impossible to find because there is visually no difference between a laying worker and one that isn’t. In fact a laying worker will continue doing other activities in the hive including foraging.

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