Rearing queens better than those you buy
About this Event
Jonathan will talk about how to rear queens with the focus on doing it as a group or through an association, although provide has the information necessary to rear queens in your own apiary. He covers the basics of setting up drone colonies, grafting, methods of setting up cell raiser colonies, how to tell if your colony has gone queenless, isolated mating sites etc.
So if you have ever worried about how to fix your queenless hive, this is the talk for you!
Jonathan Getty is current chair of the Belfast & District branch of the Ulster Beekeepers Association which has over 250 members. He is at least a fourth generation beekeeper in the Getty family. His main beekeeping interest is queen rearing based on our native bee Apis mellifera mellifera. He started up the Belfast Minnowburn queen rearing group in 2012 and is currently involved with a new queen rearing group in Co. Tyrone which started up in 2020. He manages over 100 colonies of his own spread over about a dozen apiary sites in NI. He also rears between 400-500 queens per season using 200 Apideas.