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I wanted to add a fresh queen to one of my hives so, as insurance, six days ago I removed the existing queen and placed her in a nuc with some of her bees, etc. I waited 24 hours and then put the new queen (caged) in the main hive. Today I went in to retrieve the cage and found the new queen still in it dead.

I took 2 frames of eggs from the original queen's nuc and put them in the bottom super of the hive so they would raise a new queen. Now I'm thinking I should have replaced the original queen back in the hive and let the nuc raise a new queen. Since it will have been a week since she was last in the main hive, will there be any issues just returning her without caging her first? Not sure how long the new queen lived. My thought is I can just place the original queen back in her hive. Your thoughts?

Thanks,

John
 

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i'd recomend a newspaper combine and a later re-split if you still want the nuc.
good luck,mike
 
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