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I've got two colonies that needed to be requeened last fall. I got busy and it didn't happen, they did overwinter though. So now it's spring and I really would like to get new queens in there for build up.

I'm in Maine and even though it's felt like late spring the last week or so reality has set back in. At what point season/weather/temperature is it OK to reqeen?

My gut tells me if I wait until we are consistently in the 50s/low 60s during the day and the bees are flying then I should be fine. It's probably less about the queen and more about disturbing the cluster if it's to cold.

I've requeend in the summer before but never in the spring.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

K
 

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If it's not an emergency go with your gut. I find it easier to find the queen in the spring. If she doesn't take though it can be serious if not watched because of the relatively low population. But if a Fall Queen doesn't take you could end up with an overwintering queenless hive.

It's kinda like deciding when to have kids. There's no perfect time, there are just times that are better than others.
 
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