We received a box of Olivarez queens this morning. The queens are in the wooden cages and the bees you see were sent along to feed and otherwise attend to the queens. I’ve put off re-queening until now, hoping for some rain and a bit of a nectar flow. The hives accept new queens more readily when they have some nectar coming in. Conditions still aren’t ideal, but definitely better than a month ago. At least they are gathering some pollen, and I’ll continue feeding to simulate a nectar flow.
Here is a close-up of the queens going into their queen bank. This is a queenless hive and these queens can last a good while in the bank as long as there are plenty of bees to care for them. Tomorrow I head out to kill the old queens and after that I’ll start installing these queens in their hives. If we have a good rate of acceptance, and some rain, then we should have a very good honey crop next year.