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Requeening Honey Bees at JWA Thursday 8 March from 11 am (weather permitting)
March 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Requeening colonies at Jerrabomberra Wetlands Thur 8 March 2018 11 am – 4 pm
The club apiary ‘early autumn’ requeening program is now in full swing.
Following up on queen marking on the 21st of February and some straightforward marking of queens on the 28th, our heavy lifter team will complete requeening colonies headed by ye olde queens on Thursday the 8th of March. All in good time for the bees to settle for the club field day. As Eric Davies pointed out in his autumn hive closing down presentation to the February club meeting, we wouldn’t want to put an expensive new queen into a diseased colony that we then had to destroy now would we.
We will be papering on nucs with by then well established queens to colonies with failing queens. We’ve already nabbed one colony with very spotty brood (and rather ill-tempered) that had a 2016 queen that was superseded over the summer honey flow. Papering on nucs is a sure fire way to establish new queens in colonies and it sure beats direct requeening of colonies.
And it buys you time. There is never any hurry to find that old queen when you are faced with a large packet of new queens that Australia Post has just dropped on your doorstep. Also you avoid any risk of your bees going queenless and brood rearing is not interrupted.
All welcome to join the heavy lifters team. The only prerequisite is that you know how to pick up a hive tool and that you want to dig in and help. Just text or email with email and mobile numbers to be put on the list.
0417 775 201