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  1. #1
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    Default Dead bee in queen cage

    Hi again.
    I installed my packaged bees in hives on Sunday. One of the queen cages has a dead attendant bee in it.

    I removed the candy end cork and let the put the cage between the frames.

    Could this dead bee stop the queen from being released? (blocking the exit)

    I was going to check for queen release at day 4, should I manually release then?

    Thanks,

    Paul
    Chillicothe, Ohio - 2 Hives
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    Just insert the cage sideways if you think its a problem. I don't really think it will stop them from releasing her. If she's not out in 4 days, I would release her.

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    Default One of the queen cages has a dead attendant bee in it.

    Normally thier are no attendent bees shipped in the queen cage.
    The cage is probably a Calif. mini cage which has a larger hole than the 3 hole cages. The queen should be ok.
    If the hole is blocked when you check them later just use a tweeser to pull out the dead bee.
    Ernie
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    Quote Originally Posted by BEES4U View Post
    Normally thier are no attendent bees shipped in the queen cage.

    Ernie
    All the packages I've received have had attendants in the queen cage.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    FYI
    The cages only had three attendant bees in the the cage, I thought there would be more, but oh well.
    Chillicothe, Ohio - 2 Hives
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    There is no reason for attendants to be in the queen cages; the queens will be cared for by bees in the package. We never use attendants and have never received a package with attendants when we bought hundreds of packages a year.
    Queens shipped individually or in smaller groups often have attendants in with the queens to care for them; maybe the queen producer sells many queens this way so as a matter of course puts in some attendants when picking the queens.
    They do not hurt (unless they die and get stuck in the exit tube:) but they are not at all required.
    Sheri

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    Default Queen cage

    Most all my queens come with attendants, all you have to do is install the queen cage with the candy end up and any dead bees will be on the bottom of the cage away from the exit. Good luck. Jack

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    I did a hive inspection after four days. Both hives had released the queens, attendants, and dead bee.

    Thanks for all the help!
    Chillicothe, Ohio - 2 Hives
    www.ohiobees.com My Bee Blog

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