Would you dare?
This was briefly mentioned at the queen rearing class I went to in May:
Take a laying queen from one hive--do not cage her--and direct release into a queenless hive and she will be accepted immediately. The instructor said he's not tried this but has heard it goes fine. Too risky?
I want to do this with the hive where I will put my grafted queens tomorrow. I want to move her into a queenless hive (after I check carefully for queen cells) without caging her first.
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prvb 16:24
March 2010; +/- 50 hives, TF