My queen isn’t being very productive. Should I requeen?

Q: I contacted you (in May) and asked about the shell that might have been for a queen. I hope everything looks okay. I would appreciate any help. My queen isn’t being very productive. Should I requeen?
JT, KY

A: Because this question came from someone quite close to our Kentucky location, we went on a site visit. Turns out the queen had a beautiful brood pattern, but she was perhaps working a bit too hard as this new-bee beekeeper was:


  • opening the hive a lot to check on things and

  • continually mixing untouched foundation amongst foundation the bees had started to draw or had drawn out.


The queen is the life and future of the hive—the star. Anything that can be done to keep her focused on laying and not distracted by other things will help the hive. In this case, we advised our customer to not continually intersperse new comb with drawn comb, and to let the queen be, slowing down hive checks to once a week or so, instead of every few days.

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