I am new, and I have 2 hives on my property that a friend is housing here. I am doing some of the beekeeping tasks, and its been a great way to learn and get addicted!
Of course, now I want my very own hive of bees.
As a newbie, there's something that puzzles me. The puzzler paraphrased well in this paragraph which I gleaned from http://www.beeworks.com/informationc...cs_splits.html :
"Do not be tempted by older beekeepers that give 'advice' on making up queenless nucs, the advice that states "the bees will make their own queen", we refer to these as poor man's splits. This omits the addition of a queen and forces the bees into making their own emergency queen, not recommended. The end product, because of feeding restrictions, will result in an intercaste queen of little long-term value."
I'd like to build a nuc, and have it make its own queen - I guess that's a "walk-away hive"? Anyway, per the paragraph above, this won't work or if it does it will produce an inferior queen. Now, why is that? Were there no bees before man began to intervene by specially breeding, introducing and replacing queens? Why would I always have to replace a homegrown queen with an externally acquired one? I just picked the above quote out of dozens of very similar things that I've read on queen breeders sites, in books, and on this forum.
Anyway, it won't discourage me from trying - but I just don't get why the bees wouldn't figure most things out by themselves. Perhaps someone can explain it to me?