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Can you have 2 queens in 1 hive?

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Everything that I have read and been taught says that that is not possible. It could happen when there are multiple queen cells and they start to emerge at the same time. The dominate queen will kill the weaker ones and one will survive.

I re-queened a hive that had no signs of a queen. No capped brood, no larvae and no eggs. The hive was a Saskatraz. I ordered a Saskatraz Queen.

I have Italian bees. They are known for being gentle and good honey producers. They are typically reared in the south and have difficulty in colder climates, as they need to consume extra food to compensate for not forming a tight cluster the way other honey bee types do. Italian bees are strong foragers and do a great job keeping their hive clean.

Saskatraz bees are bred for honey production, wintering ability, temperament, brood diseases, tracheal mite resistance, varroa tolerance and resistance.

During a hive inspection I located not 1 but 2 queens! Unfortunately I

did not have the camera on when I saw the 2 queens.

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