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  1. #1
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    Apr 2008
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    Anchorage, AK
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    Default new queen question

    I'm a brand newbie with two hives. I put the bees in yesterday, and discovered that one of my queens had died in transit. Those bees were noticably cranky compared to the bees with a live queen, who were almost like ladybugs in their gentleness.

    I was able to get a new queen this morning, and I hung her cage in the hive immediately. She's plugged in with hard candy. My question is, how long does she need to hang in the hive before I can release her? And since it's hard candy, will she be released by the bees eating the candy, or should I take the candy out at some point and put in a marshmallow?

    Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
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    Apr 2006
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    Pepperell, MA.
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    Usually, the bees will eat the candy. I'd check in a week and release her if she's not out by then. That'll give them plenty of time to get used to her.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  3. #3
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Four days is usually good.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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