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Just been reading a book I got from Santa called Wisdom for Beekeepers - 500 tips for successful beekeeping. Tip 345 - you should re -queen every year , surely that is utter tripe?
 

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I have to buy in new queens, if I allow the most strains of bees raise their own Q then I always get a problems with fiesty bees which are difficult to work with...I have found that, locally, the Qs I get from Ricky Wilson are best for my area. I can let them raise a new Q ( they usually supersede at the end of the second year) and the resultant Q produces bees that "run" around on the comb, but are reluctant to sting. But the next cross are really nasty and difficult to work with.
 

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I have to buy in new queens, if I allow the most strains of bees raise their own Q then I always get a problems with fiesty bees which are difficult to work with...I have found that, locally, the Qs I get from Ricky Wilson are best for my area. I can let them raise a new Q ( they usually supersede at the end of the second year) and the resultant Q produces bees that "run" around on the comb, but are reluctant to sting. But the next cross are really nasty and difficult to work with.
What type of Bee's?
 

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What type of Bee's?
The worst "types" were the ones with "Buckfast" in them. Tried a Q from a reputable dealer who said there was no "Buckfast" in the "genetics". I raised a Q from her shortly after I received her. The daughters offspring were real beasts. We have a problem beek locally that delibretly keeps viciuos bees to deter vandalism.
 

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Ideally, I personally would love to get queens less than 6 months old at the first brood cycle in winter/spring.
 

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The worst "types" were the ones with "Buckfast" in them. Tried a Q from a reputable dealer who said there was no "Buckfast" in the "genetics". I raised a Q from her shortly after I received her. The daughters offspring were real beasts. We have a problem beek locally that delibretly keeps viciuos bees to deter vandalism.
Could you PM me said reputable dealer, I am ordering Queens for spring.
 
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Ideally, I personally would love to get queens less than 6 months old at the first brood cycle in winter/spring.
Two years for me. I've got queen's going into there third but they are getting requeened.
I have a 2 I raised last season which
Are vile colonys they are getting requeened in the spring maybe even united.
 

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Just been reading a book I got from Santa called Wisdom for Beekeepers - 500 tips for successful beekeeping. Tip 345 - you should re -queen every year , surely that is utter tripe?

Some of my hives requeen themselves.
I requeen after two years but one queen lasted 4 years - and was clapped out with a dead leg..
 

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Just been reading a book I got from Santa called Wisdom for Beekeepers - 500 tips for successful beekeeping. Tip 345 - you should re -queen every year , surely that is utter tripe?
yes...
I think SWMBO I had that book for Christmas as well - SWMBO likes to give me a joke beekeeping book every year to pay me back for the hoover I bought her years ago
I think she went a bit too far in 2017 though - she bought me the BBKA book! :icon_204-2:
 

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