Sping introducing is very easy. I don't remember that I have missed any queen in spring.Introducing a queen at winters end to an overwintered queenless colony is not as difficult as at other times of the year.
Has anyone any experience of shaking all the bees in front of the hive and allowing the new queen to walk in with them?
Thurrock where exactly are these phantom drones that are going to fertilise this queen you are hoping they will create.just a thought/brain wave...... remove a good queen from another hive , allow that hive to make a queen cell as they have enough nurse bees. then put the good queen in the q less hive????
dont have a pop at me, just a idea?? your thoughts???
im thinking about the lack of nurse bees in the q less hive?
A 2nd colony wasn't an option for me last year, however there are plenty of other beeks in the area that may welcome the extra bees if my colony should prove queenless. I think the important thing is to learn why the colony became queenless. If it was my mistake then I would have made the same mistake with 2 colonies.Shake the bees in front of another hive to let them seek sanctuary and bolster that colony.
Lack of numbers alone shouldn't be a death sentence.
One of the benefits of not running a single colony,