I have four new queens that are supposed to ship tomorrow from Mikasa Honey Farms. I have a couple of questions.
The queens are supposed to ship in plastic cages with attendants, I have read that you need to remove the attendants before introducing the queen. First, is this true? Second, does anyone have any advice on how to do it,(get the workers out without losing/killing/maiming the queen)? This also is my biggest concern with marking - getting the queen out of and back into the shipping/introduction cage without injury.
I know that introduction is a subject theat whole books could be written about. My general plan was to make my splits (new hives queenless) 1-3 days before introduction, introducing the queen in the shipping cage for 3 days or with candy plug intact. The only other queens I have installed came with 3lb packages in wood/wire shipping cages, with candy plugs. Does anyone know how to make thier own "candy" for intro cages?
Lastly, I am going to have to store the queens until Saturday whether they get here on Thursday or Saturday morning, whats the best way to keep them for 2 days max.? They will be in the mail for 2-3 days getting here if that makes a difference.