Has anyone else read the article in the July issue of the American Bee Journal on requeening?
The woman who wrote it advises beeks to cut all queen cells "demolish every single one"(in her words) when they see them and requeen with a purchased mated queen.
its true, if not you end up losing the bought queen in less than a month in most cases and end up with a emergency queen which might be ok (most are replace soon after and your hive ends up going another month without a good queen) but not as good as the queen you bought most times. why spend money on a queen if you not going to let her lead the hive.
She states that queens made with regular old worker eggs "may be less queenlike" (again her words), which is why most beekeepers do not allow emergency cells to become queens".
She says if they started out down the pathway to becoming worker bees and then are switched down the pathway to becoming a queen bee they are not as good.
I have heard that you should let them do their thing with supercedure cells but haven't given alot of thought to the emergency cells, although again I guess I would have just let them do their thing if I didn't already have a mated queen available.
Any thoughts on the concept of this article?
swarm and supercedure cells are planned and most of the times are good queens, emergency queens can do ok during flows but odds are emergency queens aren't as good of queens and can be replaced in a short time, now I have seen some emergency queens be real good queens and last for a few years but it's a chance you take when dealing with emergency queens. I don't care for a swarm or supercedure queen when they are not raised during a flow but will give them the chance to prove themselves but I wouldn't care for emergency queen during a dearth, a good grafted, queen is what I like most that's why I raise my own