I am curious how much queen age will affect honey production? Ive read that you should re-queen hives every year, every two years and have even read that if you know what you are doing some queens are good for three years. So what is the truth in your opinion and how much does it affect honey harvests? Will you lose 20% production on average as an example with a 2nd year queen?
Also, how late in the year could I shake a couple pounds of bees, introduce a queen and reliably have them survive the coming winter? I live in Wisconsin.
Thanks for any information you can provide.