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  1. #1
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    Default introducing a honey of a queen

    Has anyone been successful introducing a new mated queen into a queenless hive by dabbing honey all over her and letting her run into the hive? I just tried it and hope it works. John

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    Default Re: introducing a honey of a queen

    I don't know if you were joking or not, but that made me laugh.

    if you're serious... i don't know the answer to that
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    Default Re: introducing a honey of a queen

    You took the exact words right of my mouth Dynasty to a tee.
    jmgi if you actually really did do that, keep us posted.
    Truthfuly, I suppose what would happen is they would first eat the honey off her then ball her.

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    Default Re: introducing a honey of a queen

    I did this with introducing a virgin into a queenless nuc just a couple weeks ago. Not my usual practice but it turned out ok. I put her on an outside frame with a handful of bees and by the time they were done cleaning her all was well.

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    Default Re: introducing a honey of a queen

    Well I wasn't sure this wasn't a joke, but looks like it is not. Certainly would be a quick and easy way to introduce a queen but I thought very risky. I think I can see possibly the honey covering or masking the new queens pharmones until the honey on her has been eaten, but....... I don't know. I think I might had better stick to the more traditional method for the time being. I'm glad it worked for you.

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    Default Re: introducing a honey of a queen

    John, it sounds like you've been reading one of my favorite books. No, I've not tried it myself, but Doolittle did it over a hundred years ago and wrote about it in his book, Scientific Queen Rearing as Practicaly Applied in 1889.
    "A good day is when no one shows up and you don't have to go anywhere." - Burt Shavitz (Burt's Buzz)

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