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« on: April 08, 2008, 06:29:55 PM »

When I did my first inspection of the year about a month ago, I saw that I need to replace my queen.  I know I have one (though didn't try to locate her), but her laying pattern is very spotty.  When should I replace her and how long should I let them remain queenless?

Does anyone have any ideas of who to order a queen from? (I'm in Washington State)  I got my hive from Georgia, but I don't know if it's ok to order a queen from across the country.  Ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 02:21:45 AM »

When I did my first inspection of the year about a month ago, I saw that I need to replace my queen.  I know I have one (though didn't try to locate her), but her laying pattern is very spotty.  When should I replace her and how long should I let them remain queenless?

Does anyone have any ideas of who to order a queen from? (I'm in Washington State)  I got my hive from Georgia, but I don't know if it's ok to order a queen from across the country.  Ideas?

Try Olympic Wilderness Apiary in Port Angeles.  He has Russian/Survivor stock.  He next days them every thursday starting in late May I think.  I've gotten some and like them.  The other nice thing is they are aclimated locally as well as mite resistant.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008, 12:11:23 PM »

It might be spotty because its early in season.
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008, 04:42:24 PM »

So should I wait to replace her until next month?

Are you saying that her laying could get better as Spring progresses?

Some people say that it's a good idea to requeen every year, even if the queen looks fine.  Do you think that's a good idea or should I just let her be if her brood pattern gets better?

(sorry for all the questions!  Requeening is an aspect of beekeeping that I don't know much about)
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2008, 08:39:40 PM »

my brood patterns are all spotty.  i think it's the weather.  we are still in the 30's at night and rain, rain, rain.

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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 07:54:52 PM »

If the bees agreed with your assessment, odds are they would have already replaced her.
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