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Re-Queening the Hives

Rogue Beekeeper Josh re-queened some of our hives recently. He discovered some of the hives didn’t have queens and others had queens that were failing to show proper leadership.


The bottom line as far as we’re concerned – not enough honey.

So change was needed. So Josh and his friend Andy headed out to the hives and did what had to be done.

Step One: Josh looks for the old queen. When he finds her, she is summarily dispatched with a quick pinch.
Step One: Josh looks for the old queen. When he finds her, she is summarily dispatched with a quick pinch.
Step Two: The new Queen arrives in a small cage.
Step Two: The new Queen arrives in a small cage.
Step Three: The cage is inserted into the hive.
Step Three: The cage is inserted into the hive.
Step Four: The worker bees nibble away at a sugar plug that blocks the entrance to the cage. It takes a few days for the bees to eat their way through. This gives them time to adapt to the new queen.
Step Four: The worker bees nibble away at a sugar plug that blocks the entrance to the cage. It takes a few days for the bees to eat their way through. This gives them time to adapt to the new queen.