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Dear All,
I am about to purchase a mated queen and want to introduce the new queen slowly by way of a cage, with a candy plug. i am afraid of the possibility of there being laying workers in this hive already. I have heard that this may prove to be deadly for the newly introduced queen.

Any suggestions?? Please I am getting this queen in a day or two. Thanks for any helpful hints on how to introduce without the possibility of them killing her.

thanks so much,

larry
 

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If you have another hive, then I would give them a frame of open brood. The pheromones from the open brood will start to suppress the laying workers. Then, I would get a frame of emerging brood and a push in cage to introduce the queen.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#pushincage
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesdoolittle.htm#ValuableQueen
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearingsimplified.htm#pushincage
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesbetterqueens.htm#The Push-in-the-Comb Cage

What I would normally do, is not to get a queen (odds of them killing her are too high to be worth the cost).

http://bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm
 

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If you have another hive, then I would give them a frame of open brood. The pheromones from the open brood will start to suppress the laying workers. Then, I would get a frame of emerging brood and a push in cage to introduce the queen.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#pushincage
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesdoolittle.htm#ValuableQueen
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearingsimplified.htm#pushincage
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesbetterqueens.htm#The Push-in-the-Comb Cage

What I would normally do, is not to get a queen (odds of them killer her are too high to be worth the cost).

http://bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm
thanks so much,

you are full of information,

larry
 
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