Queen Rearing Calendar

When raising queens, it’s very useful to have a calendar to lay out the timing for the various steps in the process. For a number of years I have used the calendar available at the beeyard.org website, but, it doesn’t allow for setting dates beyond 2017, and appears to not get updates anymore. So, to address this minor problem, I have written some javascript to re-create that calendar with dates that go beyond 2017 for use in planning our 2018 bee season.

To use this quick and dirty little app, just select the date of your graft in the drop down, and the fields in the table will populate with day of week and date for each step along the way.



Day # Day of Week Date Task / Status
-5 Put graft frame in breeder colony
-4 Egg is laid by the queen mother
-3
-2
-1 Prepare cell builder
0 Graft youngest larvae into cell cups
1
2 Check grafts
3
4
5 Cells are Capped
6 Sensitive development phase – do not move cells
7
8
9
10 Move cells to mating nucs
11
12 Queens Hatch
13
14 Discard any unhatched cells
15
16
17 Mating Flights
18
19
20
21
22
23 Check for eggs
24
25
26
27
28 Check nuc for larvae
29
30
31
32
33 Check nuc for capped brood