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Tips for finding your queen. There are times when seeing eggs to know your colony is queen right is just not enough and you may need to find your queen to perhaps make a split or carry out a manipulation or just to mark a new queen (only mark a new queen when she is definitely in lay and you …
So you have determined that your colony is queenless and you’ve purchased a new queen from a reputable beekeeper. The queen normally arrives in a cage with a few attendants and plastic closed end which can be opened and replaced with fondant, if they have already eaten the fondant which they have travelled with. The first thing to do is …
If you’ve gone through your colony and can’t find eggs or the queen how do you check its queenless before purchasing a new queen (from a reputable beekeeper)? This is where having a second hive comes in handy…….. Take a frame of eggs from another disease free hive – shake off the bees into the colony they have come from …
At the Family Gardening show today until Sunday-wonderful weather, great audience, very busy! Do come along….don’t miss this great event.