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  1. #1
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    Mar 2013
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    Hudson Valley, NY
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    Default Economical way to re-queen 5 hives

    Hello. I keep around 5 hives. What is the most economical program/method for re-queening these hives on a yearly to bi-yearly basis? Should I even be concerned with regular requeening? (i.e. buying queens every year, start queen rearing, etc)

    2nd yr beekeeper.

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Oct 2009
    Location
    Walker County, Texas
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    Default Re: Economical way to re-queen 5 hives

    We have queens 3-5 yrs.old and doing great.If they build up in the Spring to 15 -18 frames they are doing great.The economical way is,kill the queen and they rear a new one.
    Before man took over bees there was nature,it did a better job.

  3. #3
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    Rader, Greene County, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Economical way to re-queen 5 hives

    > The economical way is,kill the queen and they rear a new one.

    Just be sure that the hive in question has eggs (or give them some) and that there are drones around (or soon will be).


    Graham
    --- Victor Hugo - "Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.

  4. #4
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    brookline, Vermont, USA
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    Default Re: Economical way to re-queen 5 hives

    You should read Fifty Years Among The Bees by C.C. Miller. There is a lot of good info on the subject.

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