My hive just won’t accept a new queen! What am I doing wrong?


There are lots of reasons why a hive won’t accept a new queen.  Maybe your hive already has a queen, but she's just not laying eggs.  If so, you need to find her and kill her.  If you’re positive that your hive is queen-less, maybe the new queen has not been with the hive long enough when she is released out of her cage.  This could contribute to them rejecting her.  Sometimes when a hive has been queen-less for a while, a worker might start laying eggs.  Since workers do not mate, they do not lay fertile eggs and laying workers will eventually lead to the destruction of your hive.