Re: Add laying queen to swarmed hive next day?
Of course it all makes sense here. You like to use the short cut method just like me. Beekeeping like farming is
very uncertain. Sometimes we want the bees to behave to our liking though they do the opposite. In this area I've
experimented quite a bit. There are several methods I've used with success you it makes any sense to you. 1) Swap
hive location with the queen right nuc and the queen less hive. Let the queen less hive make their own queen. 2) Put the
QC frame(s) into a 3rd queen right hive and do a hive swap with the queen right (the mated nuc) hive. 3) Take out all
cap brood frames to donate to the other hives and put in the queen right nuc hive with a newspaper combine method. There are many more say using a net screen rather than newspaper. So far the easiest way is to put the QCs into a queen right hive. Make sure these QCs do not emerged the next day otherwise the mated queen inside will be doomed for sure. If you choose my QCs into a queen right nuc method then you have to follow the 2 steps sequence otherwise the existing bees in the QCs hive will balled the mated queen after a combine.
Last night I put these cap cells into a nuc hive with a strong young laying queen. The workers are very protective of her with near perfect laying pattern. Out of 12 nice looking cells made and capped on the frame, one look like about to be emerge since the cell tip got chewed off already. I was afraid that it might come out to kill off the mated queen. So I took a risk to see what will happen next. Added the entire frame with attaching bees into the nuc hive. And after one day....
Here is the proof:
Last edited by beepro; 06-19-2017 at 01:14 AM.
Don't mix foreign bees into a virgin hive. She might get balled 100% of the time! When will you ever learn, huh?