I have a colony that must have swarmed a around 3 weeks ago and no signs of replacement queen no eggs no brood.I put a frame of eggs in from another colony yesterday to raise a new queen.I also have a nuc with a good queen in it.Will a queenless colony usually accept a new queen in a cage or should I pull a few frames out and just combine the nuc with queen into this hive? Or combine nuc and colony with news paper in between? Thanks Cider
Hi Cider, I have had good results combining a nuke into a hive through newspaper. I have also taken 5 frames out of the hive and placed the nuke frames in their place making sure that the queen was on the middle frame. There is always some fighting, but her nuke bees will protect her. Sugar water with a few drops of vanilla extract sprinkled on the nuke frames and the hive frames helps. Good beeing.
Don't be to quick to assume that the hive did'bt make it's own new queen. It can take many weeks for the new queen to become apparent.