Queen Rearing

Learn to Raise Your Own Queen Bees

After keeping honey bees for a few years, you might be ready to take the next step in beekeeping, raising your own queen bees.

This leads to a brand new set of questions like. . .

  • When is the best time to raise queen bees?
  • What is the Feral Bee Project?
  • How do I choose the best breeder queen?
  • How do I set up a cell starter?
  • How do I add a ripe queen cell to a colony?
  • How do I make mating nucs?

You are not alone.

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

In our PREMIUM course, Queen Rearing, you will learn how to rear your own queens using the Doolittle/grafting method.

Why Take This Course?

You will learn more about honey bees by raising your own queens than by any other way. This is an advanced beekeeping course, and putting it into practice requires multiple colonies and some specialized equipment.

This course includes over 20 video and text lessons. We will take you beekeeping and share step-by-step strategies to help you raise your own queen bees. 

The feral bee project
Grafting method
Taking mating nucs with virgin queens to Southern Utah

Skills You Will Learn

How to choose a breeder queen

How to set up a cell starter colony

How to graft larvae

How to harvest ripe queen cells

How to make mating nucs and add ripe queen cells

How to move mating nucs to mating areas and check make sure the queen is mated

How to combine the nuc with other bees to make a production colony

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

  • This is an advanced beekeeping course and is worth taking. You will learn more about honey bees by raising queens than in any other way.
  • Raising queen bees requires
    • Multiple colonies
    • Specialized equipment and
    • Several years of beekeeping experience.
  • We assume you will keep European Honey Bees.
  • The material in this class applies best to temperate regions with a winter season.
  • We use specialized equipment compatible with Langstroth 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 Queen Rearing 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.