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Hello,

I found a queen with a dozen of workers on the grass.
I caught the queen, and it turned to have some dirty thread (string) tied to one of the legs. Maybe it got injured or so.

Any suggestions what can I do to save its live?

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Since you provided no details, how should one answer?
Do you have a hive where this queen belongs (e.g. she could not make it home from a mating flight)?
If YES, I'd cut off as much of that thread as possible and let the queen back into the home hive (it is a lottery).

IF no home hive is known, I'd let her into some hive where I have a bad queen situation (a lottery there too).
Otherwise she is doomed.

It is OK to keep this queen and her attendants in some small container with food and water for few days, until some options come up.
I use small zip bags from various grocery items (punctured) for this - works fine.

Probably too late anyway.
 

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You are right - I didn't provide much details - didn't want to make it too long and too boring :)

I had a super outside, empty for few years already. Didn't have much luck with beekeeping and got busy with work, I stopped beekeeping, but left the box out there in my yard.

A week ago a swarm decided to settle in, then I started watching them.
There is no much to say here except guessing: I think the swarm had a virgin queen, and when it decided to go for mating flight, it got some dirty cotton or synthetic thread tangled to the leg, and I am not sure if it got it on the flight to or from.
So all guessing here.

I new it's a gamble if the queen belongs to this swarm or not, and if I introduce it to, they would either love her or kill her.

I just wanted the 2nd opinion what to do.

Here are the results of this casino: I put the queen in the cage, so it will be hard for them to get her, and observed for a day. The bees surrounded her and nothing aggressive did happen. I got my answer - they know her :)

I let her in this morning.
Will check in a week or so to see what is happening in the hive.

Thanks for replying to me.
 

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glad it seemed to work out!
 

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Thanks all for replying.

I did an inspection today, and found no brood what so ever.
I fed them a syrup, and that's only what I found in the hive.

I didn't look particularly for the queen (she is not marked, and hard to spot her), but since the bees are calm, I think she is somewhere there.

Any thoughts?

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Thanks all for replying.

I did an inspection today, and found no brood what so ever.
I fed them a syrup, and that's only what I found in the hive.

I didn't look particularly for the queen (she is not marked, and hard to spot her), but since the bees are calm, I think she is somewhere there.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
Pretty normal timeline for a freshly mated queen.
Of course, it is possible she did NOT mate also.
Too early to tell.
Within 1-2 weeks I'd expect fresh brood.
 
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