It has been suggested that I re-queen my hive for a more docile nest. Any suggestions on what type of queen I should look for, and would now be a good time to do this?

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I was going to re-queen one of my hives last week, but someone suggested that I wait until spring since it was so late in the year.  My reasoning had more to do with an under-performing queen than aggressiveness.  The hive is very docile, but hasn't flourished like my other hives.  In your case it might be valid to do it now, but I'd check with the pros.

I would re-queen now because it will take at least 2 months for the workers to be replaced with the new queen's genetics.  If you wait until Spring, after the brood has grown substantial in quantity, you will have exactly what you are trying to avoid; a large number of hyper-defensive bees.  I would get a locally grown queen that is adapted to south Florida conditions.  Now is the "off season" for queens, so it will be harder to find.  Please post who you get the queen from and how she performs.  

Your not going to have much of a choice, Harvey's Honey only does one 

and this time of year Queens will be hard to find. So the question shouldnt be what kind of queen but who has queens for me to chose from.

Actively looking for a queen, Harvey's Honey is out of them for the season.

 

found a queen.

Received my queen this morning from Wendy Latner @ Santa Fe Queens, Alachua Fla.

Going to take care of the Queen this afternoon, and put the new Queen in tomorrow.

one of my hives has 7-10 capped queen cups if anyone needs 1 or more.  They are all mid level in the frames so it looks like a supersedure may be in progress.

De-Queening is done, I will place my new Queen in tomorrow afternoon.
 
John Bickley said:

Received my queen this morning from Wendy Latner @ Santa Fe Queens, Alachua Fla.

Going to take care of the Queen this afternoon, and put the new Queen in tomorrow.

John, how did you de-queen?

I found her and then snipped her head off and dropped her back into the hive.
 
Donna & Rudy Fernandez said:

John, how did you de-queen?

I think I just fainted.

Was not pleasant, But I felt I had to do it.
 
Donna & Rudy Fernandez said:

I think I just fainted.

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