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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
    Join Date
    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
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    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
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

  4. #4
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    Location
    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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