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    Default large scale requeening

    I have heard that some large operators are using queen cells in the upper supers to requeen during the honey flow. I have produced more queen cells then I have mating nucs to put them in. Does this work and who has done this? I would like to requeen all my old queens that are starting to slow down this way.

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    I've not done it myself. I've read that G. M. Doolittle did it in the late 1800's with great success. I've read in the forums here where a person has done this with great success. If I reach a point where I need to requeen, this is what I am going to try. If you do try this method of requeening yourself, I would appreciate feed back from you on the results. Best of luck!
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Ive done it like that and learned it from two commercial operators here. IT works great.
    Columbia City, Indiana

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    If you do decide to requeen with cells in the supers...be sure there is a flow on. The success rate will be much higher.

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    Do you have to kill the old queen first or does the virgin queen do it? should you put more than one queen cell in each hive to insure sucess?

    Joan

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    Supers on and a honey flow.... WHAT'S THAT ???

    What I do is give them a large dose of 95% formic and come back in three days and put cells in.

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