Requeening with Caged Queen
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  1. #1
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    Default Requeening with Caged Queen

    Wanting to go from Italian queens to Carniolan queens. New Carniolan queens are ordered, but my question is whether I should go into the hives and pinch the queen and leave them queenless for 24 hours before placing the queen cage with the new queen into the hive, or just pinch and place the queen cage in the hive all in one operation skipping any period of queenlessness?

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    Default Re: Requeening with Caged Queen

    I would dispatch the queen and install new queen under push in cage as Richard shows....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbjfYV8v38

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    Lots of ways. We pinch queen, come back and pinch or use cells elsewhere then install queen and let them release her. Usually get a high take this way. We found if done to quick they prefer the cells they start building many times and kill her.

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    Default Re: Requeening with Caged Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    I would dispatch the queen and install new queen under push in cage as Richard shows....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGbjfYV8v38
    Michael

    Thanks for the link, great video.

    I noticed he made several references to the fact that the caged queen would be laying eggs, heightening the chance of acceptance. I thought a newly purchased queen would be a virgin queen and hence need to undergo a mating flight prior to being able to lay? What am I missing, bearing in mind I am a new beekeeper so...likely a lot!

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    Default Re: Requeening with Caged Queen

    New queens can be mated or virgin. It depends upon what you buy. The push in cage will only work if the queen is mated prior to you getting her.

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    Default Re: Requeening with Caged Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Gough View Post
    New queens can be mated or virgin. It depends upon what you buy. The push in cage will only work if the queen is mated prior to you getting her.
    Many thanks Scott, I didn't know that.

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    Default Re: Requeening with Caged Queen

    If the queens you are buying are virgins, someone is getting...well...look somewhere else.

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    Default Re: Requeening with Caged Queen

    Queens are said to be mated.

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    Default Re: Requeening with Caged Queen

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    If the queens you are buying are virgins, someone is getting...well...look somewhere else.
    Thanks guys. I guess I just learned something. So unless stated otherwise, a purchased queen should be assumed to be already mated.

    Learning a lot this month!

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