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HELP. Installed package, I have a dead queen. What to do.

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I tried calling the place I got them from and all I got was answering service. Please any advice would be helpful. I have no idea what to do.
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Please tell us something about this.

How do you know the queen is dead, it's still in the cage, or what?

Do you have more than one hive?

Could there be a second queen in the hive? Happens occasionally
 

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The one hive is the package with the dead queen?

If so, persist with attempting to contact the package vendor and have them send a new queen pronto. If there is no queen, the package bees will dwindle away fairly quickly.

Other possibility, there could be a loose queen in the package which is why the queen in the cage died. See what happens, ie, if the bees stick around, build comb, and have eggs laid in it. But in any case time is of the essence if it's queenless so still ask them for a replacement queen.
 

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There is really no beekeepers near me that I know of. How long wil they last without a queen? And if I can get a queen , any type of queen will that work. I tried contacting vendor all I get is answering service.
 

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I just remembered that
mann lake has a new store and package bee/queen bee pick at the PA location in
Wilkes-Barre, PA. That's probably not too far to travel for pick-up if they can help with a queen (maybe they have some extras left over from today's bee pick-up).
But make the arrangements with them before going as they are by order only.
 

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Oldtimer said:
"Other possibility, there could be a loose queen in the package which is why the queen in the cage died. See what happens, ie, if the bees stick around, build comb, and have eggs laid in it. But in any case time is of the essence if it's queenless so still ask them for a replacement queen."

I agree with his statement. There could be a loose queen in the package.
 

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Ok. I hope you guys are right about that. I'll keep checking the hive. How many days should i wait and see/ check if there is comb before i should get a queen?
If I were in your shoes I would try again in the morning (Monday) to contact your package supplier. If I couldn't contact them I would then order a queen from some of the suppliers on the net. You do still have 4 or 5 days to get a queen. Which is enough time to get a queen shipped from anywhere in the lower 48. Then I would continue to try and contact the supplier for some sort of compensation for the dead queen, but right now, your main concern is to save your package of bees. I do know that Walter T. Kelley had some bees left over yesterday when they closed. Call them early tomorrow before someone beats you to it, and they may be able to help you I think they open at 8:00 AM central time.
 

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I tried twice this morning still got answering service. The service gave me the run around. I know it's not their fault. So now I must move on. I'm going to really think 3 times before I use that company again.
 

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I would also try Hudson Valley Bees. when I had a similar problem, and I exhausted all my local options, I called Olivarez in Calif. and they overnighted me a queen. The queen was $25, shipping was $37! But it worked. I wouldn't wait too long though.
 

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I tried twice this morning still got answering service. The service gave me the run around. I know it's not their fault. So now I must move on. I'm going to really think 3 times before I use that company again.
Get you a queen ordered from somewhere tomorrow. I know Kelly had 3 packages of bees left over when they closed yesterday. If you can't do anything else, buy one of their packages in the morning and combine it with yours. At least you will have one very powerful hive to start with. Bees are scares this year so call Kellys early, because I'm sure their bees will go very quickly. I told you wrong earlier. They open at 8:00AM Eastern time instead of central. I would start calling around 7:30 just incase someone get in early.
 

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Last summer, my first beehive ever, I had a queen cage that was open. The screen was no stapled good and completely lifted back, so I figured she may had been in the hive somewhere. I watched my hive for two weeks and the huddle just got smaller and smaller. I finally got a new queen, had them accept her and everything was fine from there on. You have time, don't worry! They won't all die that quickly.
 
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