Learn How to Keep Your Queen (& Hive) Alive!

One reason to inspect your hive every two weeks is to make sure you see eggs/larvae so you know you have a healthy queen. The worker bees live for 5 weeks, so need to be constantly replaced for the hive to stay alive. A thriving hive depends on a healthy, laying queen.

In this class we'll cover:

  • how to tell you have a healthy queen
  • how to look for signs she could be failing
  • what to do if you see very little brood and/or queen cells
  • queen math - how to estimate when your queen died, when your new queen is mating & will lay, and how not to worry (at least for 5-6 weeks)
  • how to combine hives so the right queen lives
  • how to buy and insert a mated queen

This class is aimed at Urban Backyard Beekeepers in the San Francisco Bay Area climate.

Self-Study Course includes 2 hr Lecture, Slides, and Bonus Queen Videos

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Instructor: Jennifer Radtke

Jennifer has been keeping bees for 16 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the BioFuel Oasis worker-owned cooperative in Berkeley. The photo at top is one of her queens, still alive, bred by Randy Oliver in spring of 2019.