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    Default early spring queens and splitting

    Is there a source for queens in April where I can just order them at a moments notice and have them quickly? I plan to do alot of splitting, hopefully in April sometime if the colonies are built up enough, but I don't know exactly how many queens I will need until then, depending on how many come through the winter. I know now is the time to order queens for spring delivery. Should I order them now and get more than I think I will need, and just modify the order at the last minute if I don't need so many, or are there suppliers where you can get them in spring without advance ordering? John

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    Default Re: early spring queens and splitting

    In the spring everybody can use queens. Depending on weather, they may or may not be available. The queen producers in Hawaii may have the kind of availability you seek as they do not have the weather constraints the mainland has. I ordered queens from my choice of breeder a couple weeks ago for mid April and He is probably booked into May now. I have ordered the minimum of what I think I will need. I think that is what you need to do.

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    Default Re: early spring queens and splitting

    if it were me, I would order them now. We are already sold out of April queens and we are not in the New Year. Procrastination leads to missed opportunity. I think that is an old Chinese Proverb.

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    Default Re: early spring queens and splitting

    Why not make your own queens? That way you will have the exact amount you will need. And they will all be free!
    Say your hive has 6 or 8 frames of brood in early April. Start split by removing the old queen and 2 frames of brood and a frame of honey and place them in a nuc. at the same time "notch" 3 or 4 brood frames in the original hive. You notch 2 day old larvae cells. The bees will make queen cells at each notch. Once the cells are sealed, in 5 days, split the rest of the hive into nucs putting a frame with 2 queen cells on it and another frame of brood and a frame with food in a nuc box. Squish all other queen cells. You will get 3 or 4 good splits doing this. The bees will fill the nuc very quickly and you will have them in full sized hives in no time.

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    Default Re: early spring queens and splitting

    My explanation of the above method was probably not very clear. see a good video from the man that invented it, Mel, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIYz65Vquxg

    It is very interesting to watch.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: early spring queens and splitting

    Order a few more than you think you will need. I'm sure you would not have a problem selling the extras locally.

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    Default Re: early spring queens and splitting

    Goat Man, I have no problem raising queens myself using Mel's method except I won't have any drones in April. I want to split early so that I can get them built up for the main flow which starts in late May. John

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    Default Re: early spring queens and splitting

    Oic

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