Don’t let that faint green mark on this queen fool you as she is actually a yellow queen and therefore four years old. It’s a good age but by no means exceptional but it’s the journey myself and this queen have had that makes me look back on her life.
Spring 2012 She was born, created from a split from my TBH that was going through an AS.
Spring 2013 After overwintering well she was given to a friend who lost his TBH and so she had her first move and went on to give good service and a surplus of honey.
Spring 2014 Over wintered well but following a house move she and her colony in the TBH came back to me and mentioned in my post what goes up has to eventually come down.
Summer 2014 The colony was converted back into a national hive and went on to produce a good crop of honey and once again mentioned in a post converting a TBH back into a national framed hive.
Spring 2015 She was on the move again and given to another beekeeping friend to make up hive numbers after a couple of winter losses. The only problem was, my friend had langstroth hives and I use national so the colony and queen were converted into a langstroth with the use of a board converting the different shapes of the national and langstroth and the queen and bees moving up into the langstroth with a bailey comb change .
Spring 2016 The colony didn’t over winter so great and as my friend had plenty of hives she offered me the queen back and she returned back once more in a langstroth nuc.
Summer 2016 Having built up nicely in the nuc I removed the queen and introduced her to a national hive that had a poor queen via an introduction cage and in no time she went on to fill the brood box with brood.
Late summer 2016 The first queen cells produced in four years and although not classic and four over two frames. I suspected supersedure and confirmed when I held my nerve and she was still in the hive after they were sealed. So I decided to remove her split the hive and queen cells into two strong nucs and introduce her into a third nuc to see if she will overwinter. She definitely moves a bit slower these days but still has a very impressive laying rate and brood pattern so if she does overwinter she will be top of the list as the queen I will use for next year’s queen rearing but if she fails or is superseded I won’t be disappointed and only grateful she has been such a great queen.