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  1. #1
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    Default Introducing queens

    i have a couple of failed nucs,
    so I bought 2 queens and they arrived today.
    they have been without a queen for a couple of weeks.
    so when I put them in this after noon I left the corks in them, thinking I would
    give them a couple days before pulling the corks and letting the bees begin on
    the candy.
    any ideas, opinions , or comments. I am interested. THANKS
    thats the way i roll.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    You should be fine as long as you o not have a laying worker, if they are queenless they know a queen is present within minutes. If the hive no maladies they began rejoicing almost immediately. In fact I can almost here them shouting "All hail the queen, Long live the queen." From here.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    If they have been queenless for two weeks, you could have taken the corks out now.
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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    Just dont rush the release, let the bees release the queen

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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    Here is some excellent advice on this subject:

    Successful Queen Introduction Tips
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  6. #6
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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    thanks I think maybe I will just pull those corks this afternoon and let it bee.
    thats the way i roll.

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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    Did you make sure that they had not made queen cells after they became queenless?
    37 years - 25 colonies - IPM disciple - naturally skeptic

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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    Quote Originally Posted by AR Beekeeper View Post
    Did you make sure that they had not made queen cells after they became queenless?
    after the queen cells failed. I bought the queen and introduced her.
    I think they might have started some more .
    BUT ! wont they tear them down if there is a new queen present.
    I will check again tomorrow, if they have I will tear them down myself.
    at this time of the season I don't want to raise another queen from scratch .
    the season hear is short.
    thats the way i roll.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    Sometimes they prefer a related queen (queen cell) over an introduced queen and will kill any "foreign" queen. It wouldn't be the first "store bought" queen that got the ax when introduced.
    If you want to save a couple of queen cells for insurance, you could build a nuc if you have the frames of brood, stores, etc. and see if the bought queen makes a successful introduction.

  10. #10
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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    in the morning I will look for cells and tear down if any.
    this is there queen.
    thats the way i roll.

  11. #11
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    Default Re: itroduceing queens

    well i did find 2 cells in each nuc, so I pulled out my little razor knife and they were gone in a moment.
    today I just had to look and see. cause im CURIOS .
    and the queen was walking around checking out her kingdom.
    so I pulled out the cage, and closed the frames up tight.
    thats the way i roll.

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