Installing Queens

Fingers crossed that the long cool Spring we have had (the nicest I remember) will bring a long bloom period as we now have four growing hives at the farm. Two weeks ago I split our overwintered colony twice and installed Missouri-bred queens from an apiary south of St Louis, and last weekend I added a nucleus colony from the same source.

Assuming all goes well, the new queens will fly and begin laying by the end of next week and during that hive check we will find larvae.