I would recommend this process, except I would make sure I keep her in the cage, and let the little girls chew through the candy. Most bees will take a new queen if they are queenless overnight, but not all of them. I don't know about you, but I hate seeing $20 get stung to death.... insert your new queen into the queenlees hive body after you have destrored natural cells ...
The bees will take a new queen if they are queenless overnight.
you can leave the excluder on for a few more days.I don't know about you, but I hate seeing $20 get stung to death.
I was just making sureI did not say to directly release the queen.
Some of us use split boards too.Next day replace excluder with inner cover...escape hole taped closed, rim up entrance notch to rear of hive. Give caged queen.
Old bees fly below, young bees accept queen easily. Leave queen for 3 weeks to establish broodnest and increase the total number of frames of brood in the colony...2 queens laying. Go below and kill old queen(s) and unite.
I see, now that I've re-read the post. He could split the hive and still requeen without de-queening. I really like the idea of having 2 queens laying for added population. Also...how many times have you requeened only to find the new queen isn't very good. Having 2 queens laying allows you to check the new queen before killing the old.the original question adressed re-queening and making a divide. Ernie
Allen Dick;508603 I never bother killing the old one unless I see here and she is obviously no good. Otherwise said:True, but why are you requeening in the first place? Because you have decided the queen is obviously no good?