Don't you just love a happy ending to a story? Well folks, that's exactly what we have for you on this bee wrangling adventure. If you remember, in our last weeks adventure we removed two feral hives from trees that been downed during a tornado, and one of them was without a queen. Well, by the grace of God, I was able to find a queen that was in need of a colony. Actually, I did not find her, my buddy Richey was the one who found her, and he called me to relate the story of how that happened. Now, I don't want to give away all the details of the story as I think I explain it pretty well in the video, but I do want to say it's quite a story.
Introducing a new queen to a colony can be a nerve wracking experience for both the queen and the bee keeper because you never are really sure if the bees in the hive will accept her or kill her. Over my years of keeping bees I have had mostly successful introductions, however, a few did not go so well. There is one situation I have noticed that the bees will always accept the new queen, give the bees a few days of alone time before introducing the new queen. I guess it may because in that time period, all the bees become aware of the absence of their queen, and know they desperately need one. In this state of desperation, the bees are very much willing to accept almost any queen because they always have the power to supersede her down the road.
Now I know many of you will be asking about the health of the queen that was introduced as her behavior was indicative of a queen that was not in such good shape. Well, rest your concerns, our queen is fine. Like I said at the start of this description, don't you just love a happy ending to a story! Now, lets just hope they can survive the winter and go on to become prosperous. God's peace to all.