Okay, I know I said I was going to do a “walk away” split, and let my Buckies create their own Queen. But I just couldn’t walk away and leave them Queenless.
It takes at least 15 days for them to make a Queen, for her to mate, and then for her to start laying. And that’s if everything goes perfectly! I just can’t take that chance, especially after the demise of the Italians.
So, yesterday evening I ordered a Buckfast Queen from BeeWeaver Apiaries in Navasota, Texas, to be delivered by UPS.
I’m glad I didn’t dither too long, because BeeWeaver is only selling Queens until July 15, and it is one of the only suppliers of Buckies in the US.
She should be here today or tomorrow. I’ve named her Boadicea after the 1st century British Warrior Queen.
I’ve decided to put off honey extraction until Friday morning to give the bees a chance to calm down and for my muscles to stop aching. Those boxes are heavy!