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Author Topic: To requeen or not to requeen  (Read 932 times)
Kevin Goats
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« on: July 25, 2009, 12:08:15 PM »

Hey y'all, I bought three established hives last spring. The guy I bought them from said the bees are are a mix of different bees (he did not specify any species). I need to make a split on one of the hives but, I don't know what kind of queen to buy. Should I try to let them requeen themselves or buy a new queen. This is my first year for beekeeping so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Kevin
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009, 12:15:52 PM »

what does your weather do going into fall?  what are your winters like?
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2009, 01:38:50 PM »

I am right on the Gulf coast in Beaumont, Texas (around Houston). Winters are very mild (drops below freezing maybe twice over the whole winter). Starts to get cold a little before Thanksgiving.
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2009, 01:52:29 PM »

as much as i hate to buy queens, that's probably the way to go at this time of the year.  you want to give your split a chance to build up a bit before the weather changes.  they need younger bees to make it through.  if you allow them to requeen themselves, you won't have new brood for weeks.  i'd also be sure to give your split brood in all stages.   maybe skip the eggs, but go for the larvae that's a few days older and some capped brood.  you'll probably want to feed them also unless you can give them some frames of honey.  even then, you'll have to watch that they don't use it and have enough left for winter.

+ you are probably in an AHB area?  buying queens might be safer for you and will give you some new genetics in your yard for next year.
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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2009, 01:57:31 PM »

What species of queen bee should I buy? Also any suggestions on where to get them?
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