Greetings! I'm new on the board but I've been reading posts for some time. I'm on the Southern Oregon Coast and have three hives--started them mainly because we seem to have lost all our wild bees over time and I wanted better pollenation for my apple orchard. Ended up with lots of honey! All three of my hives are double deep brood hives with a single Western super during the nectar flow. Mostly blackberry here--sort of wild country. My Question is this:
What happens if you re-queen with a new caged queen without removing the old queen from the hive? I just can't seem to find her in one of my hives but suspect she's there somewhere. I really want the vitality of a new young queen--seems to work real well here to re-queen every year. What are the risks of hanging a new one in that hive anyway?
Thanks in advance for any info.