Queen Bee Replacement - Apis Mellifera Beekeeping Course

Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
by Amazing Bees
Apis Mellifera
Beekeeping Course
by Amazing Bees
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Queen Bee Replacement

Session 5
Queen Bee Replacement

Why requeen a hive?

Queen bee replacement is a key factor in maintaining strong, healthy, quiet, workable and productive honeybee colonies.

The presence of a healthy, vigorous and productive queen bee is essential for efficient colony management.

Only strong & healthy colonies can resist pests and diseases.

When a queen bee becomes less productive, i.e. is laying less and less eggs, the number of bees declines and the colony weakens, making it vulnerable to pests and diseases.


Another important reason to requeen is to promote favourable characteristics and qualities of bee colonies:

Docile bees - friendly bees, not attacking anything that moves, especially neighbours.

Strong & healthy bees - happy bees, resistant to pests and diseases.

Prolific bees - bees eager to maintain a strong colony and produce plenty of honey.

Bee colonies with a low urge to swarm - to keep the neighbours happy.

Bees with good grooming and housekeeping characteristics - keeping the hive clean.

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