We sell mated and laying Indiana Italian hybrid queens
When you need a queen with proven performance, I've got the queen for you. Each queen I produce is from hand selected queen-side genetic and raised in full 5 frame nuc, being fed only honey from our apiary and never syrup or sugar waters. Once they begin laying, I inspect the pattern and if it is excellent, then she is ready to serve your colony.
Be Aware: My queens are NOT banked. when you buy an individual queen from me, they are removed from the colony the day of pick up. If you call and order but don't show, or call day of pick up and cancel, I will not accept business from you again. When you cancel, I have to re-introduce the queen to the colony which takes several day and uses resources at my expense. Please be sure you need a queen before calling to ask if I have queens available. 99.9% of the time I have them available during the season. If you don't know if you have a queen, I have an "Introducing a queen to your colony" pamphlet below that may help you determine the status of your colony.
Conveniently located between I-65 and U.S. 41 on State Road 10. Primarily serving North & Central Indiana plus Northeast Illinois
If there is no open egg, larva, or capped brood, you've probably been without a queen for a long time and need to get a mated queen introduced immediately.
Stress, poor health, lack of open cells to lay in, along with unknown failing queen issues contribute to these events. If your population is dwindling when there are cells to lay eggs in, it may be time to consider requeening before the population gets critical.
Open the hive and place the queen cage on top of the frames and watch them for a few minutes. If they are trying to sting her or act aggressive, DO NOT LEAVE HER IN THE HIVE. If they are calm and curious, crawling over the cage poking around, then it's very likely they will accept her. Go ahead and pull off the cap for the candy release side and put her between 2 frames in the center of the brood box. This allows them to get acquainted before she is released by the workers as they eat through the candy gate. Check back in 3 days to see if they have released her. Chances are they have and your colony is back on track again.
If your colony starts buzzing and acting angry when you introduce a new queen, you probably have a queen already in the hive. You need to locate it or be 100% sure there aren't two queens because one will kill the other.
To keep your hives strong and productive year after year, requeen every year. The first year of life is the most productive for a queen and after that, her performance tapers off. Consider splitting the old queen off to a nuc colony and moving it a good distance away. Leave your main hive queenless for 1-3 days so they realize they are queenless and are more accepting of the new queen you are going to introduce. After that 3-5 days, introduce the new queen in her queen cage and follow the other suggestions on this page. Open the candy gate, let the workers chew their way into her space to release her......and now you've got a healthy new queen that will get to work laying eggs and building your colony! Don't forget to check your hive for emergency queen cells and remove or destroy them.
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We can also point you to other great resources in the Northwest Indiana area, like
Illiana Beekeepers Alliance www.illianaBeekeeperAlliance.com
Northwest Indiana Beekeepers Association http://www.nwibeekeepers.org/
Kankakee, Illinois Kankakee River Valley Beekeepers Association
2nd Thursday each month at Illinois Extension office Bourbonais (Illinois)Will County Beekeepers Association, Illinois http://www.willbees.org/