Re: requeen best method
OK well I can see your new queen getting killed again.
Originally Posted by beepro
Reason is, there may well be a virgin in the hive by the time the caged queen gets released.
If the queen was killed 2 weeks ago, if there was any young larvae in the hive, the bees will have raised a new virgin. The new virgin will ensure that the caged queen gets killed when it is released, regardless of what method you use for the introduction.
This can be solved though but first a couple questions. Was there any brood in the hive before the queen was killed? And secondly, you say there is now no brood in the hive. The brood cycle takes three weeks so this will indicate the queen being killed at least three weeks ago, so are you sure the queen was only killed 2 weeks ago? Reason for these questions is to figure out where the hive is at so we can correctly tell you what to do to get your queen introduced safely.
Other thing, I don't know your area. Are there any drones in the hives where you are at the moment?
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).