Banking mated queens
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  1. #1
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    Default Banking mated queens

    Thanks to a spontaneous, ambitious purchase, I have 7 mated queens coming tomorrow and do not have mating nucs ready yet. I need to bank them for 2-3 days. I also lack any banking equipment. All I have are the JZBZ cages they are coming in, and a fair amount of #8 hardware cloth. So what are my options?

    Can I just hang multiple JZBZ cages in between frames of the same hive?

    Could I create 7 push in cages and put them on several frames of the same hive?

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    Default Re: Banking mated queens

    With just 7 keep them in the house in a dark area at room temperature and give then a drop of water every day they will be just fine no need to bank them. First best to bank them if you were to in a queenless hive. A wire cage will end up in disaster for banking the bees will dig the comb out to release the queens and disaster will be certain. Some people will bank in a queenright hive above an excluder but I've seen that turn into a disaster also. Your safest bet is keep them in the house for only for just 2 or 3 days much less work. You can actually keep them in the house for a week with no problem. If the JZBZs come without candy give them a drop of 2:1 sugar syrup for feed.

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    I agree with Slow Drone. If you only need to keep them a week or so, one drop of water a day in a dark quiet place they will do fine. If you want to go a little longer, a cigar box with a piece cut out and screened for air and a small sponge with syrup and a couple of dozen workers will do fine. If you want to set up a queen bank, you could, but that's a lot of extra work if you don't need to keep them long. Setup a queenless nuc with frames of brood and honey from more than one hive. Let them set about two hours and then put the queens in. You can make a frame to hold the queens, or make a shim to make room on top for the queens.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    So I picked up the queens today. They are in a square vented "live bee" shipping container. 20 queens in seperate hair roller cages. No attendants inside the roller cages, but a large amount of bees shaken into the shipping box. He put a water sponge in the box and some honey comb.

    Question: Do the queens need to be in contact with the water/honey or will the attendants roaming the box go get the goods and bring it to her? Do I Just need to keep the sponge wet and add some honey daily?

    You guys said to add a dab of water daily... And i just want to make sure the water goes into the sponge and not inside the hair roller cages somehow

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    Also... Should I tell my wife there is a box of queens/attendants in her pantry room, next to the peanut butter and cans of soup?

    If I tell her, she may make me move them outside. If I don't tell her, she may get surprised and knock down the box.

    Signed,
    Concerned about my marriage, but mostly concerned about my queens, in Maryland

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    Default Re: Banking mated queens

    The attendants will feed the queens. That's the point of attendants. I don't give advice on wives...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Banking mated queens

    Quote Originally Posted by CBQueens View Post
    .....They are in a square vented "live bee" shipping container. 20 queens in seperate hair roller cages. No attendants inside the roller cages, but a large amount of bees shaken into the shipping box. He put a water sponge in the box and some honey comb.
    ......
    Then, really, you do nothing. The seller took care of it all.

    Wife-thing: I educated my family when got my queens last year; showed them the stuff and that was that; people and kids are usually quite reasonable.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Default Re: Banking mated queens

    Agree 100% with Michael Bush!!!
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