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Hello,

I have three to four hives since 2015 and have once re-queened through a split, that went well.
I have once re-queened with a purchased queen, but don't like it.
The new season is coming and I have three relatively strong hives at the moment with queens from 2019.

The preferred method for me would be to raise my own queens, but that needs to be planned properly.

Her is my thought: see which hives start the fastest to build brood and pick one to do crafting and raise one queen and introduce this queen later when ready to the slowest hive by pinching the old queen and introducing the new queen as explained in this forum by knowledgeable Beek's.

Is this a good idea or foolish? Long-term I would like to do this every second year to each colony, so this would be at this years hive count one this year and two next year.

My biggest problem is my paranoia to hurt the queen and my stupidity to find the queen.

Any thoughts?

Please consider my location when suggesting ideas, main flow starts in late May-early June.

JoergK.
 

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Thanks you all for the advise and I will try late spring - early summer. I know I have one hive I need to split. One that is good and one that is weak. So I will see how this all pens-out this year. I don't want to increase since marketing honey without a good farmers market (Covid) is difficult in my Canola seed country. Time is also in short supply for this year.

Dirty day on the Prairies today, 120km wind and dust flying thanks to the potato, bean & sugar-beet growers.
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