Re: The split did not except the queen
The book says that the bees will not accept a new queen unless they have bee queenless for 24 hours, therefore the recommendation is to wait 24 hours before adding the new queen in her cage. The problem is that when the beekeeper waits 24 hours the bees start queen cells and they do not accept the caged queen. If the candy has been exposed they will chew into the cage and kill the new queen. It is best to add the new queen in her cage to the division at the time the split is made. I go through the yard making divisions and when I am finished I go to the first made and add the queens. Usually the divisions have been queenless for an hour or less, but that is plenty of time for the division to know there is no queen with them. I keep the cork in the candy hole until I return to check in 24 hours. If the bees show no aggression to the new queen I remove the cork and let the bees chew into the queen, or I do a direct release at that time. If the bees show aggression to the new queen I check the division for a queen or the start of queen cells. If any are found I remove them and return in 24 hours for another check. The only queens I have lost have been because I became careless and unintentionally added a queen to the division and the new queen has been killed in the cage.
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