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Hi guys , got a quick question, I installed a package of bees on 5-24-14 right around sundown. Ive check the hive twice since then and all the bees are still clustered around the queen cage. They have only eaten just a few ounces from the feeder since then and theres just a few going in and out the entrance. I have yet to see any comb being built. Any ideas what going on. I have not checked the queen cage and yes I removed the cork .
 

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If I was going to guess, I would say they are building a mess of comb all around your queen cage and they have been for the last 4 days. If you hang a queen it probably needs to be pulled 24 hours or less after it is hung.
 

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did you put a small nail through the sugar/candy on the cage? allowing the bees to eat their way in ?

you could just release her...? that's what i have done for my four hives and they are already drawing tons of comb since last tuesday

also, is there a good nectar flow? if not, i would do a 1:1 sugar/water to feed and get them building

best of luck
 

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If I was going to guess, I would say they are building a mess of comb all around your queen cage and they have been for the last 4 days. If you hang a queen it probably needs to be pulled 24 hours or less after it is hung.
yep.

pull the queen cage for sure and make sure there's no queen in it
 

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Yep u guys were right, I went into the hive when I got in from work and sure enough they had started a comb around the cage. The queen was out and when I removed the bar the comb broke and fell to the bottom . I removed it from the hive. It was a rookie mistake but I will learn from it.
 
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