Re: How to do a Direct Introduction of a Laying Queen
Br. Adam described how he re-queened full sized colonies in his book "Beekeeping at Buckfast Abby."
The morning of the re-queening operation the young queens in the nucs were caught and caged, transported to the apiary to be re-queened, and when the old queens in the production colonies were caught and caged, the new queens in their cages with candy plugs, were put in. The old queens were taken to the nuc yard and placed in the now queenless nucs in the same manner. Br. Adam states that mature laying queens could be exchanged in colonies, but it appears that he did not do so as a practice.
There was no waiting period when the new young queen was exchanged for the old laying queen, the old queen was removed and the new placed in. The length of time the nucs were queenless, before the caged old queens were added to keep them in operation, depended on how long the work of finding and removing the queens in the field colonies took.
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