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  1. #1
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    Default Keeping caged queens alive

    I have 2 new queens that I won't be ready to install for a few days. I'm thinking I can take a frame with a few bees and a little honey and put it in a nuc, give them a caged queen and they'll keep her fed until I need her. Will this work? Can I put both queens in the same nuc?
    What one man can do, another can do.

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    Yea, that should work, make sure the frame has some young open brood.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    All you need to do is put one drop of water on the screen every day and keep her (with attendants) in a warm dark place.

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    Ross is right. If you are going to keep them longer though you aught to give them a small drop of honey every other day and a drop of water the other days.

    I got 200 queens in the mail almost a month ago. One hundred were for a friend of mine.

    The last two queens went to another friend yesterday. I kept them going w/ a drop of water one day and a drop of honey the next. When the attendants died I removed them, which can be tricky, and replaced them w/ new worker bees. I didn't loose any queens.

    I wouldn't bother banking queens just for a couple of days.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Thanks for the tip. That sounds much easier.
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