Your thoughts on this....
Couple years bake I was at a beekeeper association meeting. Some men were talking about requeening hot hives. An old timer stated that whenever he has a tough time requeening the hybrid hives he soaps a large quantity of them. It makes them less aggressive due to smaller numbers and they seem to accept the new queen better. I am assuming he shakes a few frames off into a bucket of soapy water to do this but I was completely ignorant of soap killing bees at the time so I kept quiet and listened to the conversation.
Does this method sound feasible to you? This gentleman was a life long keeper so that always adds weight to claims for me. That said, we all have false beliefs. I have noticed that the smaller hives I collect in the phoenix area are generally docile when I collect them. Perhaps forcing some smaller numbers in order to implant a new monarch under less aggressive circumstances would be a smart tactic?
I'm thinking the man I was listening to used soap to force these smaller numbers.
Your thoughts on his methods?