Dealing with queen cells, swarming and rearing replacement queens



This refresher day aims to equip you to deal successfully with three nightmares of beginners in their first few years:- The appearance of queen cells Your bees disappearing in a swarm Finding that your colony is queenless. Presentations, practical apiary activities and acting out scenarios using empty hives are used as teaching methods. We firstly help you differentiate between swarm cells, supersedure cells and emergency queen cells and explain what the bees are trying to do and a course of action for each, with a successful outcome for you. We then explore the pros and cons of three simple but reliable methods of "switching off" the swarming impulse in colonies that have prepared to swarm. Methods of frame and hive management during the spring that reduce the initiation of swarming are also practised. Lastly, you will learn how to rescue a queenless colony by using a second colony to rear a spare queen and if you wish, produce a spare nucleus colony and make an increase.

What's included in the price?

Use of protective bee suit. Tea or coffee on arrival an at lunchtime. printed set of notes available on request for small fee to cover printing. Invitation to join private whatsapp group for ongoing support.


Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



Anglesey Bees

with Craft Courses since 2019

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At Anglesey Bees, I offer support and inspiration to all beekeepers, especially to beginners and improvers living on or visiting Anglesey and North Wales. With many years of experience as a biology teacher, research scientist and beekeeper, I offer bespoke experiences and training of the highest standard to individuals and small groups in my newly adapted teaching apiary. Furthermore I deliver informative and practical illustrated presentations to audiences at all levels.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Public transport
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Intermediate level
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Stag dos
  • Accommodation offered
  • Hen dos
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Trefnant Bach, , Llanddaniel, Isle of Anglesey, LL60 6ET