Two more nucs and a queen in her cage arrived at my house last night. I can’t install the nucs or do anything with the bees today due to high winds in the area. The new queen is intended for one of my hives may be queenless. If it isn’t queenless, I plan to requeen it anyway (squish the old queen and replace it with the new queen). I have a general idea of how to do that. My only concern is finding the old queen first. I’ve never been able to spot the queens in either of my hives. Can I introduce a new queen to a hive that already has a queen without “dispatching” the old queen first? Probably not. I’m not sure what I’ll do if I can’t find the old queen. Hopefully I’ll have the assistance of a local experienced beekeeper (I should say the local experienced beekeeper) to guide me through the process. Whatever happens, I’ll tell you about in a day or two. In the meantime, here’s a short video of the queen in her cage.
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