I have a question. I am realizing (not that I havent realized) that things just do not seem to work out the way they are supposed to in beekeeping.
For example.... if you tell yourself you are only going to make one split this year and go ahead and buy 1 queen for the split.... than what happens if you need to..say split 4 hives. You could: A) let them raise their own queen or B) order more queens.
Say that you do not want them to raise their own queen due to the time it take for a queen to start to lay eggs and it is to late to order queens from people than there is only one more thing that comes to mind to cover your bum.
The answer: is to order a few extra queens. No problem selling them if you have some left over but my question is.....
how do you keep a queen alive for a while until you need to make that split? Say you call a supplier up and they say your queen will be ready
April 1st. You ordered.. .say 10 of them and you make a few splits right away but cant do anymore unitl later in the season.
What do you do and how do you keep them a live?