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If you have a queen out of a hive for a few days, what are the best conditions for her and her attendants?

I have had mixed results.

I have kept Queens in delivery cages in the garage (90 degrees or so) on a plate with a wet paper towel, overnight, and they were fine. However I think the damp paper towel started to dissolve the sugar plug, so I would do it differently if I did it again.

Once I took a queen out of a hive, and kept here in a screened mason jar with attendants and a small paper towel with sugar water for 2 days inside at 74 degrees. She did OK but did not get established in her new hive.

Recently I tried the same thing, but left them in the garage (90 degrees) because I thought that was closer to hive conditions - those bees died overnight. I noticed they were initially very active, not calm.

I think they do better with a cover so they are not exposed to much light.

Your thoughts?
 

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I always put mine in the closet next to my socks its realatively cool and dark I make sure to give a few drops of water on the screen everyday I have kept them for a week that way and still got them accepted
 

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I keep caged queens on top of the bookcases in the library. It's relatively dark, temperate, and safe from kids and critters. I give them a couple drops of water daily. So far, so good.
 

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I'd keep them on the cooler side, mid seventies and in as small as space as possible so they can keep each other warm if need be.
 

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>If you have a queen out of a hive for a few days, what are the best conditions for her and her attendants?

Dark. Quiet. 70s would be nice. I usually put them in the basement in the summer. In the closet when the weather is cooler. A drop of water ever day (just one).
 
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