I did try to let my colony requeen itself. It had at lease 8 or more capped queen cells so thot I had that done. For some reason the natural way failed me this time Bro. We are only 3 to 4 weeks from our biggest flow of the season. Really not enough time to waist another 2 to 3 weeks on nature so I bought a mated queen n she’s in Maple hive waiting for her ladies/workers to release her.
Hated to do that but got to get a successful
Harvest in if the girls can get plenty for wintering over. Takes about 60 to 80 lbs to get our colonies thru the long cool wet winters here in Puget Sound n often still add a couple winter patties for life insurance. Hate starting over from scratch if a couple patties will get them over the chilly Hump of Seattle Cold n Wet.
Yah … The girls did beat me to the guns in that hive … So far I’m scoring okay in the other five. Guess I can’t win 100%. It keeps me Humble !! .
Mixed up some brew for couple colonies. It’s moving day for one of my new splits in a Five frame Nuc. I’m taking “Hemlock Hive” out to my daughter place about 12 ms south of us. That way if I need an Emgency Nuc of bees this time I won’t need to buy a new queen. I’ll just use Hemlock. Much cheaper n effective. But with Maple … It caught me (as you might say) with my proverbial pants down ! . Ta Ta