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  1. #1
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    Exclamation Re-queening needed...need advice.

    Hi All,

    I am trying to connect with Glenn Apiaries regarding obtaining a queen. They have a notation on their site that the 2012 queen breeders are sold out. Does that mean I cannot get one from them?

    If I can't, please help me know who to go through. Who else can I contact here is Southern California?

    -Lori

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    I seriously doubt you are in the market for a breeder queen at any rate. They are very pricey, well over a hundred bucks I would bet without looking. Good luck.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    what is a breeder queen? I just need a queen. What am I missing here?

  4. #4
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    Geauga County, Ohio
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    Glenn is selling "breeder Queens" to other queen bee producers.

    Note the little box in the upper right of their page:


    Attention:
    Glenn Apiaries sells only Instrumentally Inseminated Breeder Queens, to be used as breeding stock.
    For sources of naturally mated production queens see our referral list. <--- Click link


    You are most likely after a production queen for your hive.



  5. #5
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    You don't need a breeder unless you plan on grafting from her. Contact Oliveraz or Strachan for some good queens. They ship quickly and are on the West Coast.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    I found Olivarez Honey Bees, Inc. They supply queens all year long. I will order one from them tomorrow and re-queen by Wednesday.

    What is the best way to find the existing queen whether old or new?
    Should I smoke her out using the smoker and queen excluder? Does anyone else have another way?

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    A shaker box will always find a queen.

  8. #8
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    North Tazewell, Virginia
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    I have a order with Glenn apiaries for next spring. You found a good supplier go with it. I use there queens for nucs and queens. Most of there referrals are booked but Richard might be able to help you go to the referral list.Later

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Keth Comollo View Post
    A shaker box will always find a queen.
    The Bee Skaker Box looks like it would be pretty beneficial. However, I can't imagine trying to shake the bees into it, and hope they all fall down the shoot....

  10. #10
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    Take a deep super and attach a wooden framed excluder to the bottom of it with glue and staples. Then apply two strips of duct tape inside the top lip.

    You now have a shaker box.


    One of the handiest pieces of gear you will ever have.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  11. #11
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    Default Re: Re-queening needed...need advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheRatLover View Post
    The Bee Skaker Box looks like it would be pretty beneficial. However, I can't imagine trying to shake the bees into it, and hope they all fall down the shoot....
    See photos of shaker box in the thread "what's your favorite gadget" in the Bee Forum

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