Re: Always requeen a captured swarm?
Why would a keep replace what isn't broke? What is her brood pattern like? I never replace a queen unless it is failing. I don't know any keepers who do.
Think about it this way. If thew queen is good enuf for the bees, why isn't she good enuf for the keeper. W/in reason, of course. After all, a drone laying colony "thinks" it has a queen, when it doesn't really.
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