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  1. #1
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    Question Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    I've got some freshly-mated queens in mating nucs. Some of the nucs have dwindled to so few bees, that I'm worried about adding resources. I'm afraid the new bees might kill the queen. So I plan to mark the queens, cage them and then add resources, and let them release her. So the queens will never be outside a hive with bees for more than a few minutes.

    So is there any need for attendants in the cage for this process?

    Adam

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    Default Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    I have had good luck keeping her alone for introductions like yours.
    good luck!

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    Default Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    If YOUR NEED BEE HAVE BEEN WITHOUT A QUEEN FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS THERE IS NO PROBLEM TO ADD BEES.YOU COULD EVEN SPRAY THEM WITH SUGAR AND WATER MIXTURE

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    Default Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    To answer the queen does not need workers in the cage unless she is going to be left for a long time . She needs to be fed and gromed

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    Default Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    I've added two frames of brood and bees to a mating nuc with a queen and a few hundred bees several times without any queen loss.

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    Default Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    Quote Originally Posted by beedeetee View Post
    I've added two frames of brood and bees to a mating nuc with a queen and a few hundred bees several times without any queen loss.
    I'm talking in some cases of maybe a couple of dozen bees left with the queen...

    Adam

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    Default Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    Add a frame of emerging brood without any bees on it.

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    Default Re: Does a Queen Need Attendants in a cage?

    I caged a queen I was taking from a hive to requeen and didn't put any attendants in with her and she died in just a few hours in my kitchen cabinet. I've kept queens with 2-3 attendants for 2-3 days in the same place with no problems. No real loss for me as I was going to pinch her anyway but a good lesson and that is to always include a couple attendants if she's going to be caged for any length of time outside a hive.

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