I agree, but for swarm control its seems like win win from the method I was shown - not sure what 100,000+ bees will be like to manage in one hiveI'm planning to try but only for queen breeding, so it will be a temporary arrangement. I am not sure the benefits, whatever they are, are worth it for keeping a colony permanently with two queens. Strikes me as making beekeeping just difficult for the point of it.
Would you enlighten us with your method and hive type. As I've said already I looked for info on the net and found very little information to promote the benefits of duel queens without the hassle of moving a stack of brood chambers in the process.I've kept double queen hives in NZ, and will be keeping a few this year. Though using a different method.
Sorry Jezd'Mike a', care to expand on your method?
I assume you unite at the end of the season, I think this is another positive from double queens. That way you have big strong colonies going into Winter and if you are rolling (mother and daughter queens) in new queens this takes care of requeening.
In NZ I had limited space so the "having a stack of brood" chambers was the trade off. A bit more hassle in manipulation, but getting slightly more (in terms of yield) than I would get if I had twice the space with single queen colonies.very little information to promote the benefits of duel queens without the hassle of moving a stack of brood chambers in the process.
Thanks for the link, I will read it thoroughly after I've sent this reply. I think my dartington would be an ideal hive, although I would need to make up two quarter length roof sections and another to sit on the super plus buy two more plastic QE.