Introduction of mated queens

redwood
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Introduction of mated queens

Postby redwood » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:40 pm

would anyone like to know how to introduce a new mated queen into a colony?

kimnewbee
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Re: Introduction of mated queens

Postby kimnewbee » Wed Jul 08, 2015 8:32 pm

Yes please I enjoyed the uniting colonies

redwood
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Re: Introduction of mated queens

Postby redwood » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:16 am

There are lots of different methods of introducing new queens but I will give you the most effective way.
First and most important, make sure your hive is queenless, not having any brood or eggs is no indication your hive is queenless.
If you have not disposed of your old queen then give the colony a frame of eggs to see if they draw queen cells, if they do then your hive is queenless.
So your hive is queenless, after an hour of queenlessness introduce the new queen in her cage in between two frames in the center of the colony, you can either hang the cage with a bit of wire or press the cage between the two frames. Do not remove the tab until three days later.
This method is about the best and easiest way, however if the colony is an aggressive one you might like to make up a five frame nuc and introduce the new queen to this as aggressive colonies are less aggressive when they are small and more likely to accept her.
After a week check that she has been freed and has started laying.
Personally I don't bother removing the attendants with the above methods.


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