Bee Breeding Index

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Methods, techniques, information, etc

Bee breeding and queen rearing are not the same, but many beekeepers think they are. Queen rearing is the process of producing queen honey bees by whatever method is chosen by the beekeeper, whereas breeding is the process of selection that brings about the lines to be propagated by queen rearing and any culling that is carried out. Even when the queens are reared, there is still further selection required to ensure that the progeny are up to the 'correct' specification. Bee breeding is a continuous process. Drone rearing is also of prime importance, but is often not properly considered. Many beekeepers get a mental block about "bee breeding" and "queen rearing", because they automatically think it is difficult. I much prefer the term "Bee Improvement" as it sounds less difficult.

This page of links to various bee breeding items should enable beekeepers to navigate this website more easily.


Instrumental Insemination


Assessment of Colonies


Microscopy


Manipulations


Bee Types


Distribution of Races


Queen Rearing


Supersedure


Bee Improvement


Queens - Poor Performance


Requeen with a Queen Cell


History of Bee Breeding


Queen Banking


Making Bee Kit


Record Keeping


Morphometry


DNA testing


Brood Nest Shape


Clipping & Marking


Pollen Trapping


Drone Raising


Making Increase


Miller Method


Transporting Queencells


Egg Transplanting


Cell Plug Boxes


Grafting Notes


Grafting Tools


Grafting Timetable


Starting Queencells


Swarm Boxes


Finishing Queencells


Using Queencells


Alley Method


Appraisal of stock (Record Cards)


Queen Introduction


Re-Introduction of II Queens


Mating Nucs


Breeding Bits


Testing Queens


Holding Nucs


Finding Queens


Cell Punches & Cell Punching


Measuring Quantities of Bees


Requeening a Colony