A system of queen rearing developed by the author in the commercial field of beekeeping whilst in New Zealand but with a practical application for all beekeepers. When Vince Cook returned to the UK he was appointed National Bees Adviser to the MAFF.
• The queen cells are produced in a honey production colony without impairing its honey production or pollination potential.
• It is simple.
• It is suitable for both small-scale and large-scale beekeepers.
• It has been proven in Britain and New Zealand.
• No additional bees are required to produce the queen cells.
• The queen cells can be produced in any type of single walled hive.
• No special hive equipment is needed.
• The bees in the queen cell producing colony are able to fly freely all the time.