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Offline DBoire

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Has anyone read Michael Palmers article in "Bee culture
« on: April 19, 2006, 08:58:05 PM »
I have a very good hive and want to replace the old queen with one of her daughters.  Michael Palmer discussed creating a Re-queening nuc, Bee Culture April 2006 pg. 48.  Is there a way to seperate (split?) the hive, have the bees produce and daughter queen and combine the two, removing the mother queen without losing a honey crop?  Perhaps some variation of what is described in  the article like placing a closed inner cover between the two brood chambers and then removing it after a new dauther queen is mated.   I don't really want to make an increase with a split - just intice the bees to make a replacement queen in the fall after the main flow.

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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2006, 09:55:37 AM »
Use a double screen board.  I use them all the time when requeening.  This way you can observe/validate the new queen's performance before getting rid of the old queen.

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2006, 03:42:36 AM »
Whether you use a double screen board or an excluder make sure you place the queen cells in the lower chamber and the old lady up top the daughter will need to get out to mate.  It makes it easier in locate and kill the old queen when the daughter kicks in.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2006, 12:05:53 PM »
>Whether you use a double screen board or an excluder make sure you place the queen cells in the lower chamber and the old lady up top the daughter will need to get out to mate..

Unless you have a top entrance, in which case it's the other way around.  :)
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2006, 03:22:05 PM »
:lol: I'LL JUST TAKE MY PLUG TO THE STORE NOW