Queen problems and re-queening
It is important to classify queen problems to assist with the appropriate action.
Can kill bees or colonies but usually do not
Common so affect a high percentage of colonies and can cause significant damage if not addressed appropriately
Widespread and kill colonies if not managed actively.
Recognising & classifying Queen Problems
- Limited access to queens e.g. autumn/winter (Moderate)
- Dead queen (Significant)
- Queen fails/poor quality (Significant)
- Laying workers (Significant)
- Supercedure (Moderate)
- Multiple queens (Low)
- Swarming (Moderate)
Queen replacement options
- Allow the colony to re-queen itself
- Add a queen cell
- Purchase mated queen
- Use a nucleus colony
Using a nucleus colony is the safest and most reliable option.
Requeening Using a Nuc