Requeening a Colony
There are a number of reasons why
There are a number of reasons why a beekeeper is likely to requeen a colony including the following:-
- The temper of the colony is unacceptable.
- The characteristics are not what the beekeeper requires. Bee
improvement is an important part of beekeeping.
- The queen is failing or showing signs of failure.
- The queen is getting "old". Regular requeening simply on age is often advised to keep a colony productive or to reduce
the chance of swarming. This is only relevant to prolific or swarmy bees and something I don't do because with the kind
of bees I keep regular requeening isn't necessary.
- A colony is showing susceptibility to disease.
- Replace a queen in a queen mating hive.
I think that beekeepers need to be careful when requeening colonies. I have seen some very good queens culled for poor
reasons. These can be simple things like not understanding that colonies with non-prolific queens can be more productive than
those that fill the hive with bees, or the brood pattern looks bad when there are other reasons for it.