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Get a lot of calls for people needing to buy queens which I don't mind because that is part of how I make a living always having queens available for people that have queenless hives. Although swarming season is over at this point and it is much easier to manage colonies. Sometimes I wonder if some people don't know what to do when they find queen cells in their hives. I am writing this to try to help. Don't forget all beekeepers have their own opinion and they are allowed to have their own opinion. As long as you get your honey and can keep your bees alive over winter you are right with your opinion. Even if your bees die every winter and you have the money to replace them by buying bees from me, in my opinion you are still right. LOL

Anyway here we go I will try to help you to understand what happens in the hive. It's not always just how much room is in the hive that sets off the swarming. Sometimes we don't really understand what starts it off. Most of the time its the lack of space in the hive because the colony explodes when we are least expecting it or we get to busy to go into them once a week. (yes I said once a week) you hear all different things from different beekeepers some say check to see that you have a good working queen in the spring and then after that just keep giving them room and you don't need to go through them again until fall when you take off your honey supers. Others say inspect them every 10 days to 2 weeks. I find this is a bit long to leave them because by the 10th day it is to late sometimes to stop a swarm because your queen is sometimes very close to leaving if she hasn't already. My magic number is 7 days for a full inspection right up to the middle of July. If you go away on holidays somewhere in that period just make sure you add extra space and hope that does the trick.

Queen cells are something that takes a bit to understand why they make them. Usually when they pull queen cells in the middle of the frames it is called a supersedure cell which means they think that they don't want their queen anymore. This could be because she is getting to old or she is not bread well so she is running out of sperm or many other things that we don't understand as humans even a missing or bad leg. The queen cells that they pull at the bottoms of the frames are swarm cells a lot of times caused by lack of room in the hive or overcrowding. Not necessarily anything wrong with the queen, that is just how they can see themselves surviving. When they are in swarming mode they will shut the original queen down a few days before the new queen emerges. Part of the reason for this is so the original queen will stop producing eggs and actually shrink in size a bit so that she can fly. Queens that are in full production mode are to big and heavy to fly any distance. they can maybe fly a couple meter close to the ground but they can't do much better then that. So they are preparing her for flight. If you go into your hive and find swarm cells and no eggs that doesn't necessarily mean there is no queen in the hive. If you can find her at this point you can go through the hive and wreck all of the queen cells but you have to make sure you get them all and the only way to do that is to shake all of the bees off of all of the frames into the bottom of the box checking each frame thoroughly for queen cells. Then put the hive back together with the original queen and do your best to open up the hive meaning give them lots of room to expand. Normally what I do at this point is go back in approx 7 days and look for cells again. If they have pulled cells a second time I will sometimes just remove a bunch of frames with bees and the original queen and move them somewhere else and let the hive do what it set out to do. What you have done by removing the original queen is made it so they won't swarm because they don't have a queen to swarm with. The first of the queens to hatch out in the hive will go around and kill all the rest of the queens in their cells.

~ Scott Ferrier


2019 Posts
Aug 9 - Taking off honey
July 20 - Swarms ...
July 19 - Needing Queens
July 17 - Pesticide Free
July 9 - INSECTICIDES!
July 9 - Not Posting Much
June 28 - Walking Around
June 5 - I have proof
June 4 - Ireland's grafting box
June 4 - Working in the rain
May 29 - Actually 3 Queens
May 28 - Lots of calls and emails
May 24 - Just Workinng
May 19 - Setting up mating nucs
May 11 - Beeyard Mishaps
May 10 - Pollen Collection
May 7 - Large Shipment
Apr 17 - Unwrapping My Hives
Apr 3 - Small Load
Apr 1 - Cracking The Lid
Mar 27 - Can't Wait
Mar 23 - Splitting Today
Mar 11 - List of our Meetings
Mar 9 - Making Their Mark
Mar 9 - Sign of Spring
Mar 5 - Start Needing More
Feb 24 - Beginner Beekeeping
Feb 23 - About This Yard
Feb 22 - Couple Dead Hives
Feb 8 - Different Stages
Feb 6 - Comb Is Gold
Feb 1 - Shovelled The Snow
Jan 29 - HORDING
Jan 23 - BEES! This Is The Time ...
Jan 23 - List In A First Come ...
Jan 16 - These Two Yards
Jan 16 - Test Building Looks ...
Jan 8 - The Day and Age
Jan 7 - The Time of Year
Jan 3 - Nucleus Colonies
Jan 3 - Shared Posts
Jan 2 - Colours Used
Jan 2 - Multi Colour Queens
Jan 1 - Happy New Year

2018 Posts
Dec 17 - Gift Certificate
Dec 14 - Santa Bees
Dec 9 - About Bees
Dec 6 - One of the farmers
Dec 6 - Gift Certificates
Dec 2 - Already Beekeepers?
Dec 1 - The Chirtmas Draw
Dec 1 - Dec. 2018 Winner
Nov 28 - Wrapped
Nov 25 - Something Looks Wrong
Nov 17 - Change the Order Form
Nov 17 - Evaporator For Sale
Nov 17 - Letter to share
Nov 15 - Almaguin News Artical
Nov 15 - Creating quite a buzz
Nov 1 - Nothing Funnier Than People
Nov 1 - November Draw 2018
Oct 28 - Two Are Better Then ...
Oct 28 - Does Size Matter
Oct 25 - Building A Plan
Oct 5 - Honey Extraction
Sept 28 - Taking Orders 2019
Sept 22 - About My Fencing
Sept 22 - A Little Emotional
Sept 17 - Bigger Fence Charger
Sept 13 - Missing Fall Queens
Sept 10 - Ordering Nucleus Colonies
Sept 5 - Another Shipment
Aug 30 - Honey Super Off
Aug 24 - Two Laying Queens
Aug 20 - Maple Syrup Equipment for sale
Aug 17 - We have honey for sale!
Aug 16 - Shake A Honey Super
Aug 5 - Kearny Ragatta 2018
Aug 1 - Info On Bees
Aug 1 - 600 lbs
July 23 - End of the Line
July 21 - Driving By
July 13 - I Was A Sight!
Jun 26 - Helper
Jun 18 - More Queens
May 29 - Wipper Snipper
May 20 - Grafting larva
May 9 - Spring Made Easy
May 3 - Pulling Nucs
Apr 18 - 100 hives
Apr 19 - Their own profits - reposted
Apr 4 - Throught the feeder hole
Apr 4 - Opening a hive
Mar 29 - Distractions for pictures
Mar 22 - What if bees disappear?
Mar 20 - Save the Drone Bees
Jan 4 - Trip to Sudbury

2017 Posts
Dec 14 - 4 Frame ... Colonies
Dec 11 - Gift Ideas
Dec 9 - Cozy Winter Coat
Dec 1 - Christmas Month Giveaways!
Nov 15 - Winter Coats
Nov 11 - Powassan Bee Meeting
Oct 10 - Honeybee Nucleus Colonies
July - Video of Home Yard Supplies

2016 Posts
Feb 15 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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