Course 3. How Is My Queen?

$100. Is My Colony Queen-Right? As beekeepers, we constantly check our colonies to make sure our queen is healthy. This course will answer your questions about the 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?

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

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, but can be adapted to other climates.
  • 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.).

Course Curriculum

Take 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.

Included with All of Our Courses

  • 52 Emails. Don’t have time to sit down and complete all of the lessons? We’ve got you covered. We divided the six courses into 52 condensed emails. You can avoid overwhelm by focusing on 1-2 topics per week in the season that you need the information.
  • Search By Topic. Use the Search function in the membership area of the website to search for and find answers to your specific questions.
  • Printable Guides. Print and reprint as often as you need. These include over 200 pages of checklists, recipes, tutorials, queen troubleshooting, and more!


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


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