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  1. #1
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    Default How long to add queen to split hive

    I have pulled brood and honey from strong hives. I have pleaced two frames of each in Nuc boxes so how long should I wait to add queens to the Nucs for the best acceptance of the queen? I put in one queen about 4 hours after placing the Nuc at its new location and it seemed the bees attacked her but she went to the bottom of Nuc so I am not sure what ended happening.

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    Default Re: How long to add queen to split hive

    I leave my sitting overnight and then go put caged queens in the next day. Give them time to know they are queenless. I then don't open the hive for 10-12 days to check her. Give them time to get used to her and release her at their own pace. Has worked well for me. I also feed them pretty good when I introduce the queen.

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    Default Re: How long to add queen to split hive

    I screened mine in for a night. Then I used a requeening cage and had 100% sucess on both Nucs.

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    Default Re: How long to add queen to split hive

    Leave them queen less for 24 hours. Then put in a mini queen cage with the queen so they can release
    her 3 days later. Sometimes they are queen less for a long time that their level of acceptance just
    shoot thru the sky. Level of the queen acceptance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVKalyj1xiI
    But they cannot fool me after killing 2 queens that cost me a lot. The final one I let them willingly to
    accept her in 2 and a half days later.

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    Default Re: How long to add queen to split hive

    Mleck it sounds like you put the queen straight into the hive, not in a cage?

    She needs to be in a cage so her and the bees get to know each other for a while through the wire.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Default Re: How long to add queen to split hive

    > how long should I wait to add queens to the Nucs for the best acceptance of the queen?

    I would wait overnight and put her in with a candy cage release or, if you like, a push in cage.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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