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  1. #1
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    Murfreesboro, TN, USA
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    Default New queen/ Old queen

    What will happen if I put a new queen in and I already have a queen? Will they immediately kill the new one?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: New queen/ Old queen

    Pretty much Yes.

    But what are you talking about? Just dropping it straight in, no cage? If so, virtually guaranteed they'll kill it. If releasing from a cage they will probably also kill it but if you used a staged release method and kept them seperated a couple of weeks then it could go either way.

    But why do you want to do this? There are ways to run a two queen hive, is that what you want to do?

  3. #3
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    Dripping Springs, TX USA
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    Default Re: New queen/ Old queen

    Now if you want to replace the original queen, then the hive needs to be queenless for at least 24 hrs before placing a new queen in the hive. Then use a proper queen box w/candy to allow for a slow queen introduction to the hive.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: New queen/ Old queen

    I have just opened the hive for the first time. I don't see any signs of a queen. No capped brood cells and no eggs or brood. I'm afraid I don't have a queen and I'm trying to start a new hive late in the year. And I'm a rookie.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: New queen/ Old queen

    Talk to the person you bought the hive from, If you've never opened it before, the vendor should at least ensure it has a queen.

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