How Is My Queen?

Is My Colony Queen-Right?

As beekeepers, we constantly check our colonies to make sure our queen is healthy. This leads to a LOT of beekeeping questions about the queen.

You might be wondering. . .

  • How do I check if my colony is queen-right?
  • What does a good brood pattern look like?
  • How do I introduce a new queen to my colony?
  • What should I do when I see a queen cell in my colony?
  • Are my bees swarming? Are they superseding? Are they raising emergency queens?
  • What are laying workers and how do I prevent/fix them?
  • How do I find the queen?
  • How do I mark my queen bee?

You are not alone.

Over the past 30+ years, Stan and I have helped thousands of people get started with beekeeping. You have asked some really great, important questions about bees. We gathered all of the questions and answers together to write a series of beekeeping courses. 

In our PREMIUM course, How Is My Queen?, you will learn how to check on the queen and troubleshoot if (when) things go wrong.

Why Take This Course?

As beekeepers, it is natural for us to worry about our queens. Refer to this course when you need reassurance about your queen, or when you need to troubleshoot queen issues.

This course includes over 65 video and text lessons. We will take you beekeeping and share step-by-step strategies, inspection tips, and troubleshooting guides to help keep your colonies healthy and happy. 

What does a good brood pattern look like?
How to mark the queen
Methods to fix laying workers

Skills You Will Learn

How to find the queen and see eggs in your colony

How to hive a swarm

How to do “Bee Math” to find out how long a colony has been without a queen.

How to identify laying workers & drone-laying queens

How to introduce a new queen bee to a colony

How to identify “Normal” times when the colony has a queen, but no eggs

Take Our Online Courses Anytime, Anywhere in the World.

Begin any time of year, and refer back to the info when you need to.

100% Self-paced with pre-recored videos.

Lifetime access.

Access to updates. Whenever we update this course, you will have access to all of the new info.

52 Emails

Don’t have time to complete all of the lessons? We’ve got you covered. We took the information across all six of our courses and divided it into 52 condensed emails. You can avoid overwhelm by focusing on 1-2 topics per week in the season that you need the information.

NOTE: Weekly emails will span all six courses. You will be able to access links within courses you signed up for.

Over 100 Printable Guides

Most lessons contain printable guides, including checklists, recipes, tutorials, and more! Print and reprint them as often as you need. These are great resources for bee clubs or teaching beekeeping classes.

Access them within the lessons, or find all of them on the downloads page.


  • Summer Hive Inspection Checklist
  • Recipe for our signature lip balm
  • Development time of honey bees
  • Queen rearing calendar
  • Beekeeping Glossary
  • Top 15 Mistakes that New Beekeepers Make
  • Queen Troubleshooting Flow Chart
  • And more!

Do You Offer Refunds?

Yes. If you finish the course and feel like you haven’t learned anything new, email us within 30 days for a full refund. 


Join thousands of beekeepers from around the country who have created successful apiaries and discovered the joy of keeping honey bees.

Here is what our customers have to say!

More Confident as Beekeepers

“Stan and Alicia, Thank you for letting us learn from you. We have learned so much and are getting more confident as beekeepers. There is a huge difference between a book education and watching Stan work:) We really appreciate your friendship.”

Andrea and kids, Spanish Fork, Utah

Folks You Can Trust

“I have known Stan and Alicia for 3 years now while trying to learn the art of beekeeping. They are perfect contacts to get you started and keep you going. Very knowledgeable and patient with everyone. . . . They teach classes, have online videos, and will give ongoing support.”

Brent DeMille, Utah

Successfully Completing This Course Requires

  • Begin this course AFTER you have
    • Completed our free course, My First Colony and premium course Beginning Beekeeping Skills –OR–
    • Already have honey bee colonies and some experience.
  • We assume you will keep European Honey Bees.
  • The material in this class applies best to temperate regions with a winter season.
  • You will have most success as a new beekeeper if you keep bees in a Langstroth hive, but you can adapt this course to fit other hive styles. (Top Bar, Warré, and other Hives are considered “Intermediate” hives.). 

About the Creators

Photo Credit to Dan Barnett

Hi. We are Stan and Alicia Moulton and we own and operate The Honey Company in Spring City, Utah. We have helped thousands of new beekeepers get started over the past 30 years and 4 generations of beekeeping. Stan likes to say “I’ve killed more colonies than you ever will as I’ve learned to keep bees.” Learn from our mistakes and successes as you keep bees too. 

Class Curriculum

Purchase How Is My Queen? Course


Over 65 lessons to help you learn what you need to know to start your first honey bee colony.

Purchase All Six Online Beekeeping Courses


(a $600 Value)

  1. My First Colony
  2. Beginning Beekeeping Skills
  3. How is My Queen?
  4. Are My Bees Healthy?
  5. Honey and Beeswax
  6. Queen Rearing

Over 275 video and text lessons to help you keep healthier, more successful honey bee colonies.