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Arrrrg ! I was so discouraged when I visited my hives yesterday. Half my queens have swarmed; new virgin queens have lost their way or are not laying eggs yet. Which translate into more than half my hives are in bad shape. Swarming is a natural proccess. It just happenned a bit too soon for me, I wasn’t ready!!!
I was suppose to separate my hives last week but a professional beekeeper told me it was best to have queens under hand before separating because things don't always go well the natural way. And boy was he right! None of my naturally born virgin queens seem to have made it. All I hope is that my hatching queens, the ones I’ve made, will be ready in time (beginning of next week). Hopefully I'll be able to save a few colonies.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could train bees like dogs?