Ha! Let us know how this turns out!
were the age/size the same similar?Down here in the Southern Hemisphere it's honey harvesting time which I was doing today. Came across an especially vicious hive, badly wanted to requeen, but I didn't have a queen.
Then while doing the AFB check I found 3 supersedure cells. A good thing, but only issue is the resultant queen might turn out to be just as nasty as it's mother.
So, what to do? Alongside the agro hive was a nice quiet hive of golden coloured very gentle bees. I didn't have any queen making gear with me, but using a twig I removed the young larvae from the queen cells, and replaced them with larvae plucked from the gentle hive.
Hoping the bees don't notice and raise one of these larvae to be their new queen. Never done this before so not totally certain it will work, but as the vicious hive was black and the nice hive was yellow, I should be able to tell in a couple of months if there has been a colour change in the black hive.
2 of the 3 supersedure cells
Over at the gentle hive, pared back the cell a bit, removed the larva, and placing a larva from the gentle hive into the supersedure cell.
She can't be that vicious you don't have on any gloves & the hive is open?😁Came across an especially vicious hive...
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Assuming there are no eggs and young brood in the box on the day he did the switcheroo:If they do not take, how long would it take you to get new queen?
+ 1 for the effort and the willingness to try.Checked back at that hive today, sadly, the cells did not work out the bees destroyed all 3 of them.
I also found a virgin queen in the hive which I had been unaware of last time, so I don't know if that is why the cells were removed, or if the bees would have removed them anyway.
I'm keeping a grafting tool in the truck now so next time there is an opportunity I'll give it another try and see what happens.
The fun of being semi retired, and having the time to play around with not very efficient, but interesting ideas .