This page supplements the “Hobbyist Queen Rearing”presentation given at local beekeeping assocations around the state of Ohio as part of the OSBA Traveling Speaker program. The OSBA presentation focuses on using minimal resources, limited time, and a small number of hives. For backyard beekeepers, this process eliminates some of the difficult and advanced techniques typically used when raising larger numbers of queens. For those wishing to raise a large number of queens, we recommend a queen rearing class based on the Doolittle method (grafting).
For more information on the OSBA Traveling speaker program for Ohio beekeeping associations or to schedule a presentation contact OSBA at
Queen Rearing Essentials – Connor
All beekeepers, especially queen breeders and producers.
A limited number of copies of Queen Rearing Essentials is available though OSBA for the special price of $19. Free shipping in the US, limited to available stock.
OTS Queen Rearing – Disselkoen
The expanded edition of OTS Queen Rearing includes several new chapters that have been requested with explanations on how the author does these procedures. The book is based on the miticide-free beekeeping method that I have been using successfully to overcome mites for over 25 years.
Queen Rearing And Bee Breeding – Laidlaw
Written for beekeepers who know little about genetics and geneticists who know little about beekeeping.
Bee Sex Essentials – Connor
The essence of honey bee reproduction—how bees produce drone and queens along with the mating process Adapting key aspects of bee reproduction allows beekeepers to produce their own survivor, locally-adapted, mite-resistant bees, considered the cornerstone of modern beekeeping. This book provides a clear path to keeping yourself and your community stocked with healthy, productive bees. Feature’s Connor’s trademark full use of closeup color photography.
Marking your Queen:
Maring your queens makes the easier to find, helps you determine if they have been superceeded and can help you track how old a queen is. There is a standard color code used to mark your queens based on the year the queen was produced:
|Color:||For Year Ending In:|
|White (or gray)||1 or 6|
|Yellow||2 or 7|
|Red||3 or 8|
|Green||4 or 9|
|Blue||5 or 0|
For more information on how to mark a queen see the page at the Maine State Beekeepers Association.
- Handbook for Raising Queens – This guide was written by Dana Stahlman, formerly a commercial queen raiser.
- Queen Suppliers in Ohio
- Michael Bush’s page on Queen Rearing
- Glenn Apiaries page on Queen Rearing