What to do with virgin queen?
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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Hamilton TN USA

    Default What to do with virgin queen?

    If I had a dollar for every mistake I've made in my first year beekeeping I'd be a millionaire. Yesterday my overwintered hive swarmed. I caught the swarm and relocated it. The old hive had around 20 swarm cells in it and following the advice of some (not all) I cut out most of the cells. After cutting them out I saw a queen on the ground so I picked her up and placed her on the landing board. She went in and then I looked over at some of the cells I had cut out and another queen hatched and was walking on the landing board. She also went in. Now I've got 2 virgin queens and 2 cells inside the hive. I have no idea what is going to happen. I took the rest of the queen cells and put them in a bug catcher and when I got back to work one of them had hatched. I now have a virgin queen in my office. Should I just release her to the wild? I'd love to give her to someone but I'm don't know any other beeks around.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Chattanooga, TN

    Default Re: What to do with virgin queen?

    Google how to make queen lure
    Zone 7a - 1650ft

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Bunker Hill, IL

    Default Re: What to do with virgin queen?

    you can "bank" queens in cages inside a queenless hive.

    You can make mating nucs or mini nucs which are much smaller than regular splits and only require a fraction of the resources so you can make many more of them than full 5 frame splits

    I would personally not make "queen lure" eg kill them


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