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This is my first time ever keeping honey bees. I am 30 years old and wanted to try something exciting and these little guys fascinate me. I ordered a nuc, which arrived Tuesday, and I picked them up yesterday and introduced them to the hive today. I read that after 3 days I could let the queen out of her cage but the man I ordered them from said that they would do this on their own and I probably just killed the queen. I was told to leave the hive alone for 5 days and then go check to see if she was accepted or not. Bummer. I guess my question is, is it likely my queen was murdered? Also, I wanted to go put a ziplock bag of syrup in the hive...do I wait 5 days to do that as well? Thanks!
 

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Give them three days, check the queen cage and release her if she is in the cage. Before you close the lid put your baggy on.
Did you get a nuc (with frames) ? Sounds more like a package.
 

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Yes, 4 frame nuc. I didn't put the baggy on...should wait 3 days or go back now and put the water on. I had already released the queen because I know she had been in the nuc since Tuesday. But the man I bought them from said transit time doesn't count.
 

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One thing a lot of people overlook is the time a queen spends with her nuc or package after it's made up, & before it's received. "3 days after you got them" probably means 4-5 days, unless you picked them up on the spot, the moment they were made up.

Beginners tend to be a bit intrusive (naturally), but letting the queen loose after 4 or five days shouldn't be all that risky if you are gentle about it. If I were to make a list of things beginner's should do, one of the first things would be find a chair, place it by your new hive(s), find another good bee book, and start reading. When you get the urge to inspect you hive, read another chapter first. The bees will be OK for that much longer.

Much can be determined by observing a new undisturbed hive from the outside. Inspections are necessary, and releasing a new queen isn't a crime. She'll probably be fine, but her chances will be better if you spend more time relaxing with a good bee book than disturbing your new friends.

I just released two of my recently hive package queens, yesterday. Of four, two had already joined the hive, while two had access but were reluctant to leave their now crowded cage - packed with bees that had eaten the entire candy plug. These queens came without attendants, as they were in a 3 lb package. That the cage was packed with bees & queen meant her departure was both available and imminent. Rather than closing them up and coming back later to disturb them yet again I chose to release the queen right then.

I gently pried up the screen staple, sprinkled a little syrup ( from the feeder jar) a few drops on the cage, & maybe an oz onto the frame tops. I've recently read that some other respected Beeks do not advise this, for valid reasons - risk of drowning both queen & bees, but in my dry climate they seem to just love it. It seems to sooth and distract them while the queen quietly slips down between the frames. As it has done many times in the past, it did again this time - queens in. By the time I got the inner cover back in & the feeder jar back in place, I could hear the dull "what's the disturbance" roar" subsiding to the soothing "ahh, that's better" hummm.
 

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Me, I feed new bees as they have no stores, they are new to the neighborhood, need to make comb fast, and are hungry! Can't make comb without food and hungry bees are cranky bees.
 

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They should've come with stores, and why is the queen caged? I'm guessing it's a brand new made up pseudo-nuc then?
 

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If your bees came as a nuc then there should have been a frame of honey and pollen alng with some brood frames.
When you installed the nuc into your hive did you notice if there was a honey frame ?

I think your queen has been in the nuc long enough for the bees to accept her.

Most caged queens we install are out within 24 hours.

You could feed them if you thought they needed it just be quiet and gentle with what you do.

at this stage dont go into the frames leave that for another 4 or 5 days.
 

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Oh, sorry, misread that you actually got a package instead of a nuc. I missed your reply. They would have some stores.
 
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