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Wonder if this can be done. If a person wants to requeen, but can't find his queen in the hive, could a new queen be introduced in a queen cage with the candy and they would accept her ?

Reason I'm asking, some people say requeen every year for safety's sake. I'm not sure I buy that, but, I'd like to know if I could put a new queen into my hives without finding the old one and do away with her. I don't see why it would not work.

Let me know what you ole pros think about this.

Thanks and all the best,

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If you try to put a new queen into a hive that has a laying queen or anything the workers consider a queen (virgin queen, queen cells or laying workers) the worker bees will kill the new introduced queen as quickly as they can get to her. Do a search for queen introduction methods and you will find advice how to do it.
 

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Try putting a queen cell in the top of the hive, one ready to emerge. I've heard more than once, that most of the time the emerged virgin will take over the hive.
 
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