ReQueening Hives, why do we do it?
Well, you have heard about africanized bees, right? You know those bees, the ones referred to as “killer bees”. Beekeepers have found that if you take out an africanized Queen and replace her with a non-africanized Queen that has been fertilized, her genetics will be passed on to the next generation. So the africanized hive will change over time to a gentler colony of bees.
So this year we purchased fertilized Queens in June. They are shipped to us in these little cages.
All the new Queens we purchased were marked with a a white dot on their backs. So on our next hive checks we will check on their progress.