By Michael Bush (Kelley Bees News Issue 25-July 2012) (Posted with permission of Kelley Bee News)
[Kelley Bees Editor’s Note: Last month we ran this article with an advanced apology, as we’d misplaced the information on who provided it. We’ve since learned it came from the esteemed Michael Bush, who recently spoke at Kelley’s Field Day.Thanks to those of you who let us know, and Michael, I apologize! This article is so helpful that we’re running it again this month.]
There are few solutions as universal in their application and success than adding a frame of open brood every week for three weeks.
• It is a virtual panacea for any queen issues.
• It gives the bees the pheromones to suppress laying workers.
• It gives them more workers coming in during a period where there is no laying queen.
• It does not interfere if there is a virgin queen.
• It gives them the resources to rear a queen.
• It is virtually foolproof and does not require finding a queen or seeing eggs.
If you have any issue with queenrightness, no brood, worry that there is no queen...
To read more go to: https://kelleybees.com/Newsletter/July2012kelleybees-newsletter-Large.pdf and scroll down to Healthy Bees: Queenright.
Visit Michael Bush at www.bushfarms.com/bees.htm.
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