2 Queen colony questions. NY 5b
I am interested in rebuilding colony #'s. The 2 queen system seems to have the potential for increasing colony strength & using 2nd queen for overwintering nucs. Timing is my concern.
When do you remove qn #2. After aster/goldenrod? put in nuc & feed heavy?
It is looking like winter is never gonna end here. The few colonies I have left have good stores & don't seem to like the pollen patties I have given them. Equipment is not an issue, I have a cpl hundred 10 frame & 100/5 frame, probably 20 qn excluders. My budget for expansion is....."your joking right?" NOTTA!! Hope to catch a lot of swarms this year.
I would prefer to use any swarm cells for splits. Taking minimal amount of bees to raise qn & feed heavy. I am wishing I had made more nucs for overwintering.
Any input on low budget rebuilding would be appreciated.
Rmns 1:16/Prv.3:5,6/ Beegan BK May 09/ Zone 5b
I have NOT failed. I have only found many many ways that do not work!