Last year I didn't buy any queens at all. The year before I bought queens three different times. Twice they were in the traditional queen boxes with attendants. Once from Kona in a queen bank.
The Kona queen bank was a huge success for me. I was able with the feeding of 1-1 syrup misting in the side of the box, to keep them (26) for just over two weeks and never lost a queen.
I received my thirty PBA queens from Mountain Honey last Thursday. I went to the farm Friday afternoon and readied all the equipment I would need for an early start.
I pulled queens, put some of them in queen boxes, and pinched the rest, on Saturday planning to install the new ones on Sunday.
I kept the sponge in the banks wet with syrup for the attendants to feed the queens, but the attendants seemed to stay at either end of the JZ-BZ bank.
When I oened the banks to start installing the queens I found that 18 out of 30 queens were dead.
I kept them at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, and well fed. What could have happened?
I'm glad that I kept some of the old queens in cages. I had to direct release some of them in the newly queenless hives by squirting them down with syrup and HBH.
What a mess. :mad: