Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 21 to 31 of 31
  1. #21
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    Posts
    2,794

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    Astro, good point there. My frame was wax and as I pushed it started to move in that direction pretty badly as well, I was wishing I had ritecell insert in the frame at the time.

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Hässleholm, Sweden
    Posts
    52

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    I spray some water on the queen so she cannot fly, then it is safe to handle her anywere, not only in the car with windows up. I prefer the plastic cages with a door, very easy to handle.

  3. #23
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Herrick, SD USA
    Posts
    4,332

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    An update on my breeder queen intro: I made a couple 5x5" push in cages and pretty much followed Mike's suggestions (except I forgot to bring a towel for my lap and had to use a paper). The queens were pretty lively, and it was a bit tricky getting the cage down safely (dont dare try this outside folks). Left them for 5 days before checking them...... (pause for dramatic effect). It went perfectly, the queens were laying and surrounded by young bees and I observed no bees clinging to the cage. I pulled the cages and watched each one for a minute to see if any bees were pestering or riding her. All appeared well. I declared both intros. a success!
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Cookeville, TN, USA
    Posts
    4,017

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    Good thread. Leaving the shipping cage under the push in, and spritzing the queen with water - both good tips for butterfingers like me.

  5. #25
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Sacramento, CA, USA
    Posts
    2,794

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    Good job Jim, i'm telling you though, if the queen cage fits under the push in... My queen has her first round of brood emerging, hopefully she makes through winter.

  6. #26
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Herrick, SD USA
    Posts
    4,332

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    Quote Originally Posted by JRG13 View Post
    Good job Jim, i'm telling you though, if the queen cage fits under the push in... My queen has her first round of brood emerging, hopefully she makes through winter.
    I see your point. It can be a bit risky getting the cage down on her safely. An interesting side note. Instead of making up a nuc we selected a couple of singles whose production was a bit on the low side and killed the queens. I left them queenless for 2 days and then checked them for e-cells. All I found were just a few dry cups despite the fact that both hives had lots of eggs and open larvae. I guess the bees know when it's too late to raise a queen.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

  7. #27
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Knox Co, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    812

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    Jim,

    I'm glad to hear your introductions went well.

    I just splurged into getting some breeder queens. I didn't use a push-in cage. I made up strong nucs and introduced the cages. Five days later the cages were empty. I haven't checked any closer than seeing lots of pollen coming in. I'm planning on doing a newspaper combine with weaker nucs to make them a 5+5 combination for the winter.

    Now you've got me worrying about my queens survival!

    Tom

  8. #28
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Philadelphia, MS, USA
    Posts
    628

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    I introduce 5 or 6 breeders each year and don't like starting with strong nucs. I start with 1 frame honey and 1 frame brood. I leave this nuc in home yard where older bees will go back home leaving young bees to accept new queens. Once out and laying I start adding frames of emerging brood to build up to stronger nuc.

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Jefferson Co, TX
    Posts
    601

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    T- Broke - Like that idea, seems like a good idea to me.

  10. #30

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    Careful introducing queens this time of year with push in cages. Small hive beetle larvae moves right in if the brood isn't emerging as you push the cage in. I do mine just like Johnny. I pull a good frame of emerging brood, a few extra shakes of nurses, move it across the yard, and put a quart feeder on top. All the foragers fly back and leave the nuc begging for a queen. As soon as shes laying good they get another frame of emerging brood or a few shakes of nurses at the entrance.

  11. #31
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Suffolk, VA
    Posts
    2,561

    Default Re: Push in intro cages

    Dan,

    That's an excellent point! I just got a swarm that was unwilling to stay in their new home, so I cagged the queen. I went back a day later and the SHB were inside the cage with the queen. Kinda creepy.
    Horseshoe Point Honey -- http://localvahoney.com/

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads