Practical Queen Rearing

Practical Queen Rearing

by Frank Chapman Pellett
Practical Queen Rearing

Practical Queen Rearing

by Frank Chapman Pellett


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This book is a good overview of most of the popular queen rearing methods. This edition has all the original plates plus two additional plates on the Hopkins method from the Australasian Bee Manual, and a three page section about the author with two more plates of the author. It also has headings added for the items that were indexed and in place of the index a more complete Table of Contents that includes those headings. It has a table of figures. It is newly typeset, not an OCR and not a digital scan. It is a very easy to read font in 12 pt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614760573
Publication date: 09/21/2011
Pages: 124
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.29(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

From Professor Paddock's address at the dedication of the Frank Chapman Pellett Memorial:
"Frank C. Pellett was born on July 12, 1879 on a farm three miles northeast of Atlantic, Iowa. He was the son of Ambrose and Ellen Chapman Pellett. He attended rural school but later he was forced to leave school because of a condition of health which, always after, was to hamper his activities. Yet books were his ever-constant companions. His was a life of study and meditation. He formed his own ideas and plans and followed them throughout his life.
"In 1902 he moved to the small Ozark town of Salem, Missouri. He was much interested in the extensive stands of native pine timber and the wild life found therein. Here he operated a fruit farm and read law in the office of Hon. A. D. Gustin. He was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1905 and practiced law in Salem for two years. He could not develop sufficient interest to continue his effort in legal work but decided to dedicate his life to those things which he loved so much-nature, wildlife, birds, plants and bees. His home farm near Atlantic was set aside over forty years ago as a wildlife preserve to foster native plants and native wildlife. This farm, in later years, developed into the Honey Plant Test Garden which he developed in conjunction with the American Bee Journal.
"In 1912 he was appointed State Apiary Inspector of Iowa which office he held for five years. In 1915 he became associated with the American Bee Journal as Field Editor and later Associate Editor until his death.
"Mr. Pellett was made an honorary vice-president of the Apis Club of England and an honorary member of the Bee Kingdom League of Egypt. He was a long time honorary member of the Rotary Club of Atlantic and the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Illinois, and the Tri Beta of Carthage, Illinois. He was Literature and American Men of Science. In 1947 he received the National Skelly Award for Superior Achievement in Agriculture. The National Association of State Garden Clubs Award was presented with a special medal by the Iowa State Horticultural Society. He was a fellow of the Iowa State Horticultural Society, the Iowa Academy of Science, and the Royal Horticultural Society of England. He was also a fellow of the American Association of Advanced Science, and the American Association of Economic Entomologists.
"Mr. Pellett was the author of thirteen books on bee-keeping, honey plants, birds and flowers of the wild, horticul-ture, and other nature subjects. He was co-author of several other books, including his chapters in the 1946 and 1949 editions of The Hive and the Honeybee. His greatest contri-bution and service to the beekeeping is his book American Honey Plants.
"He was an early contributor to the program of the Iowa Academy of Science. The first contribution appeared in the printed proceedings of the Academy for the meeting held at Grinnell, Iowa, on April 29 and 30, 1910. This was entitled "Mammals of Iowa, A Preliminary Annotated Catalogue of Recent Mammals of Iowa". Separates followed on "Nest Boxes for Woodpecker", "Food Habits of the Skunk", "Life
History and Habits of Polistes Metricus, Say", "The Harvest Mouse of Iowa', and "Butterflies of Chance Occurrence in Cass County". These titles indicate the wide variety of inter-est of Frank C. Pellett and his ability to make himself fairly familiar with each of these fields which now employ special-ists. It has well been said that Frank Pellett was of the "old school" of naturalists."

Table of Contents

Chapter I 1
The Races of Bees 1
Chapter II 11
Life Story of the Bee 11
Life of the Queen 11
The Drone 13
Queen Rearing in Nature 14
Chapter III 15
Improvement of Stock by Breeding 15
Desirable Traits in Breeding Stock 16
Control of Drones 18
Mating in Confinement a Failure 20
Parthenogenesis 21
Chapter IV 22
Equipment for Queen Rearing 22
Grafting House 22
Mating-Hives 24
The Rauchfuss Mating Boxes 24
Baby Nuclei 27
Small Hives 27
Divided Standard Hives 30
Feeders 33
Nursery Cages 34
Alley Nursery Cage 35
Rauchfuss Nursery Cage 35
Shipping Cages 36
Chapter V 38
Early Methods of Queen Rearing 38
Langstroth's Method 38
Quinby's Method 39
The Alley Plan 40
Chapter VI 43
Present Day Methods 43
The Davis Method of Using Drone Comb 43
Natural Built Cells by the Miller Plan 46
Big Batches of Natural Cells by the Hopkins or Case Method 48
The Doolittle Cell Cup Method 51
Chapter VII 55
Preparation for Cells 55
Getting Jelly to Start With 55
The Author's Plan 56
Transferring the Larvae 57
Chapter VIII 62
Getting Cells Started 62
Removing Queen and Brood 63
The Swarm Box 65
Rearing Queens in Oueenright Colonies 66
Feeding 67
Chapter IX 68
Care of Finished Cells 68
Use of Cell Protectors 70
Formation of Nuclei 71
Stocking Mating Boxes or Baby Nuclei 72
Chapter X 74
Combining Mating with Making of Increase 74
Chapter XI 78
Shipping Queens 78
Making the Candy 78
Caging the Queens 79
What the Buyer has a Right to Expect 80
Grading 80
Chapter XII 83
The Introduction of Queens 83
Details of Cage Methods 84
Direct Introduction 85
Honey and Flour Methods 88
Water Method 89
Introduction of Virgins 89
Chapter XIII 90
Spreading Disease from the Queen Yard 90
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