LESSON 103: HOW TO INTRODUCE A NEW QUEEN AND WE ARE SELLING QUEENS THIS WEEK (217) 427-2678 (www.honeybeesonline.com)


Hi, David and Sheri Burns here from Long Lane Honey Bee Farms in central Illinois.

We had a great queen rearing class over the weekend with people from around the area and as far away as Kentucky and Newfoundland!

Our next queen rearing course is a two day course on July 22-23, 2011 and we hope you’ll join us.

We are excited to be selling queens again this year! We have produced and sold large numbers of queens for 4 years now and we are excited to be producing more queens this year.

We have mated and marked queens ready to ship this week. Look at the links below for the day and shipping method and click to order.

Queens shipped Thursday May 19th via UPS OVERNIGHT

Queens shipped Friday May20th 2nd Day UPS

Queens shipped Thursday May 19th via USPS PRIORITY MAIL (2-8 days)

Queens shipped Friday May 20th USPS PRIORITY MAIL

So many people are on the hunt for good queens either because a queen has died, stopped laying a good brood pattern or the hive is too defensive. These are essential reasons to re-queen. Another reason is to help your hive make it through the winter. A new queen installed after June 21st can lay like a spring queen all the way through fall, and those bees can become your overwintered bees. But when you buy a new queen, what is the best way to install the queen so that she is accepted?

In today’s lesson I’ll share with you several things you can do to help your queenless colony better accept your new queen.

LESSON 103: How To Introduce A New Queen

It can be a challenge to keep a hive queen-right. Sometimes queens are rejected even after they have been accepted. Perhaps the queen stops laying well, for example. But once the queen is no longer in the hive, the colony is queenless. Several things can happen to a queenless colony:

1) They can raise their own queen from a young larva but it can take up to 30 days for the new queen to begin laying. So you can lose up to a month of brood production.

2) If the colony fails to raise a queen, several laying workers can start laying unfertile eggs which will be small drones raised in worker cells. Those laying workers will mimic a queen making it almost impossible to introduce a new queen. Thelytoky can also occur, which basically means that sometimes a colony can raise a queen from an unfertile egg laid by a laying worker. If your hive goes too long without a queen and without brood pheromone, some workers will poorly take over the queen’s job and you’ll see drones everywhere. So requeen fast!

3) They are suppose to raise their own queen and usually do a good job, but sometimes it does fail.

Now, here are several pointers on installing a new queen in an existing hive where the queen cannot be found.

1) Look for eggs. Make sure you do not have a laying queen.
2) If you do not have eggs, you could have a virgin queen or a mated queen that will start laying in a couple of days. Look through your hive after 6pm to spot virgin queens. Before 6pm they might be out on a mating flight.
3) Destroy all queen cells before installing a new queen.
4) Do not remove the candy from the candy plug.
5) Only remove the cork or plastic cap that is covering the candy.
6) Hang the cage in the center of the brood nest area.
7) Do not place the open screen into the comb or the bees cannot feed the queen through the screen nor can the queen’s pheromones spread throughout the colony.
8) Some beekeepers hang the cage so that the opening faces up so that dying attendant bees do not clog the exit hole.
9) Do not remove attendants from the queen cage.
10) Wait 5 days to examine the cage to make sure she has been released. If not, open the screen and release.

Often the queen cage is held in place between frames by sliding pressure between two frames to hold the wooden or plastic cage. However, you can attach a string or thin metal such as a Christmas tree ornament hanger and attach the other end to the top of a frame to suspend the cage. Just don’t kill the queen.

If the queen cage falls to the bottom of the hive, bees will quickly cover the cage. Use your curved in of your hive tool to pick it up, shake the bees off and re-install.

Thanks for joining us for another lesson!

David & Sheri Burns
Long Lane Honey Bee Farms
14556 N 1020 E. Rd
Fairmount, IL 61841


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