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  1. #1
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    Default Adding a queen to a new split?

    After making a split with frames from one colony, a day later I wish to add a queen from another. Should I insert the queen in a cage with a candy plug, or perhaps just sneak her in on the side on a frame of her own brood, and otherwise leave her unprotected? Something else?


    Thanks!


    Mig

  2. #2
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    Aug 2010
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    Pinellass County, Florida
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    Default Re: Adding a queen to a new split?

    I would say either way would work
    I feel if she was on her own brood comb
    all the other bees already know they are queen-less and would not have
    a problem with her,In a perfect world they would accept her with open arms

  3. #3
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    Washington County, Maine
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    Default Re: Adding a queen to a new split?

    There are a gazillion "proven" ways to successfully introduce queens. My best experience has been to hang the queen cage candy side up with screen exposed to the bees on a brood frame and give the bees 3 days to release her. If not released after 3 days, I manually release her. Take a look at bushfarms.com for Michael Bush's thoughts on queen introduction. His methods are much different than mine and they work for him.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Adding a queen to a new split?

    Before introducing the queen make sure to go through it's new hive with a fine toothed comb and destroy any emergency cells they may have started overnight.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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