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    Default Who has Queens for sale NOW IN Centrial Ca or for Shipping here

    I have to go out and remove a hive in a hollow of a tree. Unknown yet if I can cut he tree down. More to come on that one. Now if I can not find the Queen or if she dies by accident (which I hope not because they have lived all winter and have not died in this tree I want those genetics) Who has them now for sale where I could get one in a few short days? Any ideas? I would prefer the closer to ca the better.


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    You will be hard pressed to find a mated queen this time of the year for sale. If possible I would wait to do the cutout until spring when queens are readily available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverrat View Post
    You will be hard pressed to find a mated queen this time of the year for sale. If possible I would wait to do the cutout until spring when queens are readily available.

    Cant the bees have to go now and before they build up there hive. Or the owner has no choice but have them killed by the pest guy. I am going to try to do the removal on friday and see what I can do and what I can get. And then place it in a nuc and screen the rest and make a cone and hope the rest move up. As they wont be able to move back in. You would think that with Almond bloom there would be some where saling queens for all of those costly and valuable hives doing the pollinating.




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    Last edited by Angi_H; 02-13-2008 at 11:39 PM. Reason: forgot something

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angi_H View Post
    Cant the bees have to go now and before they build up there hive. Or the owner has no choice but have them killed by the pest guy. I am going to try to do the removal on friday and see what I can do and what I can get. And then place it in a nuc and screen the rest and make a cone and hope the rest move up. As they wont be able to move back in. You would think that with Almond bloom there would be some where saling queens for all of those costly and valuable hives doing the pollinating
    You have to remember a lot of the hive used in pollination. were overwintered in warmer climates. Unfortunatly we cant pick when queens will be available. The availability is determined when mother nature lets it happen. Why is there a hurry to remove the bees. Talk with the owner and seeif you can calm any fears he has

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    Ya well I have tried to talk to him to get him to let me remove it later but the limb needs to come down before it comes down on its own and busts through his truck. It is right above where he parks. And no tree guys will touch it. So it is getting done tomorrow early eve. I will be very carefull and hope for the best. worst case the queen gets killed or I can not locate her in the tree and I luck out and get all of the comb, honey and brood with newly laid eggs and the bees can make a queen from there.

    Angi

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    Have the guys cutting the tree cut to the top of the cavity, and then go below that and cut about 2' below where their entrance is. If you have a rope on that section, they can lower it into your truck and then you take it home and do a cut out when there are queens available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angi_H View Post
    Ya well I have tried to talk to him to get him to let me remove it later but the limb needs to come down before it comes down on its own and busts through his truck. It is right above where he parks. And no tree guys will touch it. So it is getting done tomorrow early eve. I will be very carefull and hope for the best. worst case the queen gets killed or I can not locate her in the tree and I luck out and get all of the comb, honey and brood with newly laid eggs and the bees can make a queen from there.

    Angi
    unless you have drones flying the new queen will not get bred. is there a possibility that you can screen the entrance to the hive let them do what they need to do and come back later or take the log home when they get it cut

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    Smile Who has Queens for sale NOW IN Centrial Ca or for Shipping here

    The earliest queens available are over wintered queens that were mated last summer and it is very difficult to get on that list with queen breeders.
    What I do is over winter the queens in nucs, make my first grafting, cage out the tested queen, and place a ripe queen cell into the nuc.
    The almond bloom is good for building bees and preparing for the new queen season. But, no drones are in abundance until we have settled weather.
    I have 132 over wintered queens that were contract grown late last season.
    The cost of one queen plus shipping is cost prohibitive.
    I wish that I could help. But, early queens are in very high demand.
    Just be very slow and careful when you get into your project. I hope that you can locate the queen.

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    Ernie Lucas
    Lucas Apiaries
    Ernie
    My websitehttp://bees4u.com/

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