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  1. #1
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    A push-in cage is the best way to introduce your queen because it allows the queen to start laying eggs immediately. However this method requires handling the queen, which some people may not be comfortable doing.The cage comes flat. Bend the screen at the cuts near the corners and fold the screen over at the cuts. Select a comb with emerging brood. Brush the bees off the comb and place the push-in cage over an area of empty cells, a few emerging brood cells and open nectar. Remove the queen from the candy cage and put the her under the cage. Do not allow any other adult bees under the cage. Push the cage into the comb about a quarter of an inch allowing the queen to move freely underneath. Be sure the hive bees can't get under the cage. Remove the push-in cage after four days or after the bees are no longer clinging to the cage. If the bees are clinging to the cage it means they have not accepted her yet, and more time is needed before the cage is removed.
    The hive to receive the queen must have no queen or queen cells already present. Ideally, the hive should be queenless for at least 24 hours prior to introduction. The frame with the queen should be placed in the middle of the brood nest (if no brood is present, place in the middle of the cluster).

    The colony should be disturbed as little as possible for the next two weeks, while the queen establishes her brood nest.
    http://members.aol.com/queenb95/QnIntroInstr.html


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  2. #2
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    Aug 2003
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    Cool

    Its probably OK to let the attendants in the push-in cage with the queen?

  3. #3
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    I have done both. Left her alone, and put her attendants in with her too. Also if you have the cage over any hatching brood they will take care of her. This method is really the most fool- proof method that I use. I have always had 100% acceptance with Push in Cages.

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