We meet the second Tuesday of every month at The Shamrock House, 2388 NY-145, East Durham at 7:00 p.m. We have very enthusiastic and informative members who love to share their beekeeping adventures. You are always welcome. Stop in and say hello.


June Meeting

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
The Shamrock House
2388 NY-145, East Durham, NY 12423

Queen Rearing with John Gaut

John A. Gaut is an EAS Master Beekeeper from Northern New Jersey. He was a beekeeper while in high school and earned the Boy Scout Beekeeping merit badge. He restarted beekeeping before retiring and now has about 50 hives. He sells honey at local farmer market. He raises queens from selected locally adapted stock for his own needs and other beekeepers in his area. John is a data driven beekeeper, using data collected during colony evaluations (gentleness, mite counts, nosema levels and overall performance indicators) to select the best queens.

John will present his process for rearing queens. The presentation will include the biology of raising queens and his overall schedule. Suggestions how to introduce a queen cell or a mated queen to a colony will be reviewed. John advocates fall requeening and will share the reasons. Additional topics include “My Colony Swarmed! Do I need a Queen?” and “Beekeeping Myth Busters – Queen Edition.”