Requeening. Bob Livingston Apalachee Beekeepers 02/14/2012. What is requeening?. The replacement of a colony’s mother queen by a younger queen (typically one that has been purchased or reared to have favorable traits). Why would you want to requeen?. Maximize honey production
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Colonies with younger queens are also less likely to swarm.
Requeening of the colony also allows the beekeeper to have some control over the stinging temperament of the colony.
a break in the brood cycle which makes varroa mite treatments more effective
mites are on the bees (phoretic) rather than in capped cells