Re: Re-queening issues
I agree that it is stressful when hives aren't Queenright.
This is just the start of of my 2nd year. I expect I had the same issues last year...but only in one hive I was aware of as they never raised a successful Queen. However they accepted the one I bought for them.
This year I had 4 packages, 2 hives that came out of winter without laying Queens and 2 hives that I know swarmed...there were likely some I am not aware of as well.
All but one of the packages super ceded their Queen. I purchased them Queens and although released and laying at least one superceded her. Now they have a Queen cell and look like they are changing reign again!
The 2 from winter also superceded their purchased Queens...one went hopelessly Queenless and now have capped Queen cells from brood I gave them.
I currently rank trying to keep hives Queenright along with trying to get them over the winter
If the season was longer I don't think I would feel so pressured.
I wanted to try raising a few Queens this year but taking frames from functioning hives to shore up the others leaves me wondering if I can get enough bees together for a cell starter hive.
Janne....first hives April 2013, 19 hives, treat, plant zone 8b, at sea level, latitude 49.13, longitude 123.06