Carniolan bee (Apis mellifera Carnica) in Slovenia
Monitoring the success of requeening
5.3. Monitoring the success of requeening
is often recommended in the literature that the acceptance of the queen be
checked after three days. On the basis of experience, we recommend people not to
do that, since it causes the death of many young queens. A young, still nervous
queen will be disturbed during the period when the first larvae have not yet
emerged from the eggs, and the queen has perhaps not even started to lay. We
will stand surprised in front of an open hive without a brood, not knowing what
to do. It is therefore better to wait at least ten days, and after twelve days
there will probably also already be some sealed brood combs in the hive and the
queen will be calmer. If there is no brood in the hive, we will know exactly
what to do.
in a case of ready acceptance, the further development of the bee colony will be
varied. Some queens are better than others, so the colony will also be more
advanced. After a few weeks, some of the introduced queens can re-lay. The
queens can be injured without us noticing this, perhaps were even injured during
the introduction when the old bees did not accept them very hospitably. Injuries
can be minor and the colony will not decide on requeening.
27 -Sugar cake is prepared from powdered sugar and invert sugar syrup. Wait three days for the contents to leaven nicely without unnecessary hand mixing
has been shown that in the period immediately after the introduction of queens,
the amount of honey stocks in a hive is very important, and the flow of new,
fresh food. In a hive, in a colony, to which we introduce a queen, there must be
at least a five-kilogram stock of honey. In addition, a minimum supply of new
food must be enabled, at least 0.1 kg per day. If there is not this, add sugar
cake to the colony before introducing the queen since the hive should not be
opened for at least ten days. It is not excessive also to be additionally
attentive to sources of pollen in this period. If there are insufficient
sources, we must add pollen ourselves. The addition of pollen to the sugar cake
in such cases is probably the best solution. Warning! Pollen should be produced
at home. Buying pollen can also be buying many health problems with the bees.
Introducing queens and requeening is a demanding task. However, we are always inspired by the excitement of seeing that we have been successful, when the combs are covered with fresh broods over which reigns a calm young queen. An excitement with which only beekeepers are familiar. And if you have not been successful, donít take a shotgun into the cornfield, and restrain yourself from blaming others. Try to work exactly how you proceeded and where you perhaps made mistakes.
you will also successfully rectify these mistakes and derive even greater
satisfaction from your Carniolan bees.
honey bee visiting a sage flower
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