Grafting Queen Honey Bees (Queen Rearing)

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Are you ready to learn to graft queen bees? Having the ability to raise your own queen honey bees is rewarding in many ways.
-Saves money ( Queens cost roughly $25 each when purchased)
-Self Sufficiency ( No longer rely on other beekeepers stock)
-Working with nature

In this video I show all the steps to raising your own queen bees.

As a beekeeper you know that the queen is the heart of the colony. You also know that without her the colony will fail. Now think about the price of each queen you have purchased in the past. Now don’t you think it’s time to learn to raise your own?

So sit back and learn to raise your own queen here today.

Go here for a *New and Improved Queen Rearing Calendar Generator*

Here is my video on adding queen cells to nucs.

Please watch: “
Caging A Queen Bee



curraheewolf says:

I don't do any bee keeping but I like watching videos about bees.  What is your opinion about the queen's royal jelly for human consumption?  Does it really help or is it a dietary supplement?  Happy bee keeping!!!!

Lucy Frost says:

Thanks for your help. Now feel fully ready to cope with a detailed question on grafting. Wha – hey!!

Lucy Frost says:

What a great instruction day! Thanks, Jason. Just in time for my queen rearing exam here in the UK. Only 1 thing we lack that you have – decent temperatures for grafting! Hard to do it at the apiary when it's so cool. But watching has helped greatly with the sequence of events. Thank you.

Paul Windler says:

Hey Jason, love the video , but was disappointed that i we didnt get to see you place the cells in the Nucs. As i would have liked to see how you remove the Cells from the grafting frame. Love your Videos and am learning a lot all the way down here in Australia.

Peaceful Mind says:

Looks like I successfully got winter nucs through winter in the windows of my house here in Michigan. The queens were purchased last September. This year I would like to try queen rearing, I'm getting tired of paying for queens. I've watched your videos and I think you're the best. So, I need your advice. If I want to end up with 26 mated winter nucs, counting losses during mating. How many full size hives should I have for proper drone population?The mating nucs will be located one mile away. I tried doing splits last summer, not so good results. I have to assume there are no other honey bees in my area.

Tarun Rajan says:

Hey Jason, I really love your videos. Here in California, the weather is really nice and Spring has arrived fairly early. My beehive is doing really well and I really want to graft. I am aware that you are selling your cell punch kits, are they still available? If so I am interested in buying 1. Please do get back to me, thanks.

Troy Brandt says:

Super Super Video. One question I am not to sure about. Why do you have to have a starter hive and a finisher hive? And would you still do it the same way if you only wanted to make 3 or 4 queens for your own backup?Thanks

konops Anas says:

Dear Jason i realy like this way. Is simple and you have the same hive as starter and finisher! I will try it this spring in Greece and i will tell you about the sesults. Thank you !!
P.s Do you thing its ok if i am going to use 10 frame hive to trap the bees?

Pop's Shack says:

Just to clarify here, Jason…
Day 1 – Cell starter.
Day 2 – Graft
Day 3 – Cell finisher

Is that correct? I can work the rest out myself, thanks. I just want to make sure that I've got the start right. Set up the queenless, broodless cell starter and leave them be for a day, then graft and put the cells into the cell starter and leave for another day.

On the third day, put the cells and bees from the starter back into the cell finisher.

Cheers, mate.

BeeMan97 says:

Have you found this method to be the most efficient? And successful?

Bogdan Badiu says:


0:23 1- Building the cell starters

02:43 – Shake the bees in, Then add the follow to the cell starter

4:57 – Day 4 Grafting Day
Pick a hive to graft from that some og the fallowing.
– Nice brood Pattern
– Overwintered Stock
– Hygienic Behavior
– Docile Attitude

8:14 – Day 5 Transfer cells to Finisher Colony
11:14 – Day 13 Make up queenless nukes for cells

beestudent says:

why do you waste time with a sell starter-finisher setup? seems like a lot of extra work… just have a nuc box, add 4 frames capped brood, + the graft frame, and wait till like 2 days before they hatch…

beestudent says:

when you found the queen, you put the frame on the ground… It would have been better to have an extra nuc box, even a cardboard box, just something better than leaning on the ground…

pkeithnewberry says:

Thanks for the great video!  I checked this morning a I think I'm going to have about 14 queen cells from grafts!!!  (Just my 2nd try.)

Patrick Star says:

Did you put royal jely in the plastic cells before you transplanting the larvae ?

262jp says:

I have Russians that maintain queen cells all the time.  I can go into any of my hives and find anywhere from 2-8 queen cells at all times at different stages of building.  Is there a value in pulling these queen cells off and selling them?  If so, as long as the end of the cell is closed does that mean she is all fed up and ready to eventually hatch.  Any idea what they do with them once they hatch if they don't need her?  Russians are strange…but in a cool way.

Bruno Sulikowski says:

Jason today I setup a mannlake twin mini nuc. I cut honey comb and fitted it to a frame for each side. 2 frames of foundation for each side as well. Feeding high protein Polin blocks in the feeding well.
Next I took 2 cells and placed one in each side. While I was transfering them I noticed they were turning brown at the ends saw movement in one looking through light.
Than shook bees from 3 brood frame's from 2 hives. Now I'm thinking I have to keep them locked up for a day or 2. I'm sure some of the bees will return to their hive if I left it open. Your thought leave them locked up? They have good venting in nuc.

Bruno Sulikowski says:

Jason sorry to bother you again,
It's been about 5 days since my 7 grafted queen cells were capped.. the bees started to draw comb on 2 of them almost covering them completely and adding honey as well. I dont no what to make of that comb building. What were nice capped cells are now about 3 inches of comb with just the tip showing alittle. Did you havebthat issue before? Is itva concern?

MrGSF77 says:

Thanks for your time and skills, you have several real good videos.

Bruno Sulikowski says:

Jason it just makes sense to leave the queen cells in the queenless starter hive. Why place them in a finisher hive?
Any suggestions to that thought? 

Jason Putt says:

Great video! Looking forward to doing this as soon as it warms up in a few months.

Michael Davidson says:

thanks Jason I am going to be trying this also for the first time this year

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