Other than a boat load of great advice from Michael Bush (book and forum) and several other very helpful members of this TBH forum, the following keeps coming back to haunt me:
Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
I'm wondering if the queens flew out and away while I was putting the bars back on the top after I opened the escape caps on the cages.
Every year, year after year the same sad story.
Well Hoosier, it probably is not your fault. You were not given good advice from the package provider.
Why were you in the hive in just 4 days??!!!
Next time, pull the cork fromn the candy end.
DO NOT poke a hole in the candy !
Write the date that the package was installed on a peice of tape and place on the lid..
DO NOT touch the hive other than to quietly slide the lid aside and fill the feeder until AT LEAST 10 days.
The queen WILL be released and laying.
Going into the hive early as you did is asking for queen balling.
Many hundreds, maybe thousands of queens are lost every year to newbees that were unfortunatly given goofy advice or none at all about proper queen release.
We see it year after year. Observe simple procedure with 98% acceptance,or go with the goofy. 40% or less.
All of the "push-in cages" or direct release, or "just toss her in"; loosing strategies.
Go with percentages on your side!
Pull the cork and keep your hands off for AT LEAST ten days.
At that point all of the hives pherimones should be in balance.
Then you can bang around and not worry.
Honeybees don't read the same books we do!