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Meet The Queen ...

Posted 4/17/2018 9:03am by Renee Savary.

 

 

Meet The Queen ...

Look at the picture below …
at the end of the arrows is the Queen of the hive and this Queen was created by the bees of the hive … sound like duuhhh !!! … But actually this natural process has become a rarity in apiaries and an oddity in commercial apiaries …
A few weeks ago I split one of last year hive, do to this I took 6 frames from the original hive and stick it in a new box, leaving the original Queen in the original hive. In doing so I “forced” the bees left Queenless to create a new Queen …
By the way, this is what happen in Nature when the bees are left without a Queen they just create a new one !!! …
But in today’s grand wisdom this is not how it is done!!! People just go and buy a new Queen and it is big business ($30 to $40/a piece). They even tell you to requeen every year as like the existing queen is spent !!!
I think this whole process is wrong and very detrimental to the bees and a serious part in their unhappiness.
The hive is a very close organism and think of it: the Queen is the mother of them All !! to just plug some stranger in the hive do affect the bees. When accident happen, like a Queen is killed or in my case here a hive is split, the bees will create an “emergency” queen, that queen will be raised out of a worker bee cell instead of a Queen cell but within a year that queen will be replaced by a real One … All this made by the bees themselves …
I have not always been successful in splitting bees but so far this year all my hives have produced their own Queen …
To Be Continued …
 
Queen
 
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