- Jul 30, 2019
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- Titterstone clee South Shropshire
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To true and also keeping bees of the same sort of genetics would forward this thinking not mixing genetics in the same apiary, keeping them separated if you have different types, I know itld says about letting queens live for longer over a longer period BUT one can be more selective in rearing before this happens to me two years I plenty.I heard of a tip from a young Czech beefarmer a few years ago: aim to assess the apiary as a whole, rather than the individual colonies in it.
If queens are of a similar age and colonies balanced for strength early in the season then work in one colony is (reasonably) likely to apply throughout.
I had two swarms last year and this was my fault.
1. New queens and genetics which at the time I should of acted but it was an equipment sinario other wise I wouldnt of had any.
I don't clip but do mark queen's as early as possible and try and be as proactive as possible.. Giving more space, reversing boxes early and as others have said qxs are not that important early in the season
Swarming season in the grand scheme of things is such a short time compared to the rest of the working season as a bf.