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RUSSIAN QUEENS - Don't pull the cork for at least 3 days if you have candy in the end. If you have no candy and must use a marshmallow, wait 4 days. I know it sounds strange but i've done enough research on this topic to kill a horse. The acceptance rate of a Russian queen is much lower if you don't allow the extra time. It is due to the fact that her pharamones is so diff from the italians. I have just made up the same type of split that MajorJC has and i'm following the directions from the Russian Honeybee Breaders Association Using push in cages over top of emerging brood gives her a workforce while she waits as new bees know NO queen yet and will take her as their own immediately.
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