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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Long Beach, Ca

    Default Re: Finding the queen bee in a feral hive

    Do you really want/need to replace your queen? So far, I only have 2 hives, but the natural queens seem to be just fine and the hives are good tempered.

    Unless they are mean just let them do their jobs.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Ojai, California

    Default Re: Finding the queen bee in a feral hive

    Of course, just to re-state the obvious, don't kill the old queen until the new queen has been accepted. Cage her and keep her in a small queenless nuc until the new queen is well-established. You can do the dirty deed and re-unite the nuc bees with their old hive later.

    Also, introduce new queens with a Laidlaw queen introduction push-in cage (see Contemporary Queen Rearing by Harry H. Laidlaw.)

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