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Well today i was checking on a hive i did a split on and let them make there own queen. Found her right on the inner cover as i pulled it off. Nice big queen that looked great. After i tried to pick her up she walked around back and fell on the ground. I picked her up from the ground and was admiring her right up until she took flight and flew away :s. Made a lap around the hive went around the back and i lost sight of her. To make it worse i pulled a frame out and she had a great laying pattern. Never have i seen a queen do this, after checking the hive from top to bottom tonight it looks like she never made it back. Only good thing was i bought 4 queens on friday for splits and was able to requeen the hive today.
 

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It also rained a few hours later so if she was crawling back i feel she did not make it threw that. When she fell i noticed she could not lift off the ground on her own. Her flight around that i seen she was only able to keep her altitude but no gain in it.
 

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Check in a week and see if you have larva or eggs or queen cells. If she didn't make it back they will raise a new queen.
 

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Check in a week and see if you have larva or eggs or queen cells. If she didn't make it back they will raise a new queen.

New queen is all ready in the hive. If i open it up again on Wed and see fresh eggs or find the queen i will pull the new one out and make another split.
 

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New queen is all ready in the hive. If i open it up again on Wed and see fresh eggs or find the queen i will pull the new one out and make another split.
I'd leave it corked on both ends. If they release her, they could ball her even if the old queen really is gone. It's usually recommended to leave them queenless for 24 hours when making splits, etc., so they know the old queen is gone. If the old queen made it back and the candy is open, they could get to her by Wednesday and ball her.
 

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I'd leave it corked on both ends. If they release her, they could ball her even if the old queen really is gone. It's usually recommended to leave them queenless for 24 hours when making splits, etc., so they know the old queen is gone. If the old queen made it back and the candy is open, they could get to her by Wednesday and ball her.
Masking tape on the candy end and cork in the other. I rather do direct release that way i can see how they are acting towards her.
 

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well I would bet she made it in before you even noticed the point when you lost sight of her she went in. you always are not going to find her some times I look and don't find her at all and some hive there easy to spot just look for eggs its easier.id would go ahead and pull the queen in the cage and make the split..
 

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They usually find their way back.... not always, but most of them do.
Ki
Glad they do because I did the same on Saturday...only mine fell between the hive stand rails into tall grass I never even saw her again!
 
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