Breeding queen bees - securing the next generation with a transfer spoon
Hardly any other tool for queen breeding is as useful and at the same time as inconspicuous as the transfer spoon or transfer needle. To breed queen bees, the larvae of ordinary bees are removed and placed in artificial queen cells. Since the still very young and small larvae are very sensitive, a so-called Umlarvlöffel is used for this conversion. This is specially designed so that the larvae can find a safe place on it, while at the same time it can be easily deposited in the queen cell. There are different types of transfer spoons or transfer needles available. The classic German version is actually a tiny spoon, while the Chinese version has a spring-loaded spoon tongue. Which solution for your queen bee rearing is the most suitable for you can of course only be determined with a little practice - in any case, however, we guarantee you fantastic quality from our online shop, which will definitely make your work easier.
Everything for queen rearing - incubator boxes for every size
If the transfer of the larvae into the artificial queen cells was successful, a new queen bee will soon grow up in your rows. In order for this to be successful, the queen should be kept separate from the usual worker bees for the time being. We recommend to our customers the rearing of queens in a special incubator box, which is available for every common size. This is particularly easy because the frame with the queen bee can simply be placed in the incubator box. We attach great importance to being able to offer the right box for almost every size. One of the most common models is of course the Zander incubator box, which can accommodate all frames of Zander size. However, we also have suitable models for Dadant US, Dadant Blatt and Deutsch Normalmaß.
So that the Weiselaufzucht succeeds, a Anbrüter box is often not sufficient. That is why you will find all kinds of accessories for rearing queen bees in our range - from hurdle frames and wooden frames to queen bee tip holders and interceptor cages. Take a look at our range for queen rearing and get the accessories you need to keep your colony alive!
Buy mating boxes and breed queens
You already have a queen bee and would like to have it mated to ensure the next generations of bees? Here our mating boxes are an ideal solution for effective beekeeping. The mating boxes are small hives in which a few worker bees and the unpollinated queen bee can be housed. The mating box is then completely closed so that no bees can leave the box. In addition, of course, sufficient food should be provided so that the bees can start building combs during the time in the mating box. If the bees now start a new colony of their own, it is highly likely that the mating of the queen bee was successful - and future generations are assured.
Breeding queen bees with different breeding systems
If all this effort is too much for you, you can also use the ready-made breeding systems that we offer in our online shop. Particularly well known is the Nicot complete system, which consists of a breeding cassette with cupularve, 100 queen cups, 20 system sockets, 30 queen cup holders and 30 training and hatching cages. With this practical all-round set for queen bee breeding you receive everything you need for a healthy queen bee at a particularly favourable price. Of course, each component of the practical set is also available separately for the Nicot breeding system.
A good alternative to the Nicot breeding system is the Jenter breeding system, which is also very popular in Germany and Europe. This is not least due to the fact that the complete set of Jenter breeding systems for queen bees is particularly suitable for beginners. Not only do you get the practical set containing queen cups, insertion cells, cell carriers and much more, you also get a practical explanation that shows you the exact procedure of queen bee breeding. Especially if you have little experience with queen bee breeding, the complete systems from our online shop are the perfect solution for maintaining your bee colony.
Marking queens - the colours of queen bees
Queen bees require special marking so that the year of birth of the animal can be identified at first glance. Again, there are of course various ways of applying this marking to the animal. On larger farms it is worthwhile using queen colour varnish, which has been specially developed for bees. This is available in 5 different colours, which you receive in a favourable set. So you have all five annual colours directly at hand.
Very popular with beekeepers are the Opalith Classic sets. Here you will find numbered stickers which are attached to the back of the queen bee and correspond to the respective colour. This solution is particularly suitable for larger apiaries and farms where numerous queen be es are at work. The numbered markings mean that not only the age of the bees can be seen at first glance, but also exactly which animal it is. A detailed explanation of which year colour corresponds to the current year can be found directly on the packaging. Of course, the possibilities for marking the bees are as extensive as the animals themselves - with us you will therefore find every solution for marking your queen bees, from pens to varnish to stickers.
Add-on cages - the perfect choice for transportation
Do you not only breed queen bees, but also ship them? Or have you ordered a queen bee and want a harmonious solution that makes integration into the colony much easier? We recommend that you use an add-on cage, in which a queen bee and a few worker bees have sufficient space to be safely transported and inserted into new colonies. Of course, the cage also offers sufficient storage space for food, so that the bees are optimally provided for during the few days of isolation. Add-on cages are also available in different versions - choose for yourself!
Buy suitable accessories for queen bee breeding
Our large assortment of accessories for queen bee breeding can be overwhelming for hobby beekeepers and professionals. Therefore, in addition to our products, we also offer you an exceptional service. If you have any questions about our products or how to use them, you can contact us by phone or email. Behind the Bienenzucht-Profi Online-Shop is a large team of experienced beekeepers who will be happy to advise you.