behavior of caged queens

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Tyro, May 17, 2012.

  1. Tyro

    Tyro Member

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    My queens came today for splits that are happening Saturday. Eight queens in all - shipped in a battery box. I have had queens like this plenty of times. I just give them a drop or two of water each day and they are generally fine for a couple of days.

    This time is different. I hear them buzzing loudly (probably the workers as well as the queens) on and off and then I hear piping. Is this normal?
     
  2. PerryBee

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    Mine have done that on occasion. I use to keep mine in a kitchen cupboard till I was ready and they would be nice and quiet in the dark. I would forget about them later in the evening and go to get a glass or something and open the cupboard door and Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz! :lol:
    Surprised my wife with the location first time I did it :razz: I've kept them in the kitchen cupboard ever since (when I get them) :wink:
     

  3. tecumseh

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    perhaps Tyro they were just thanking you for nice drink of cool water after their long journey?
     
  4. Cape Fear Bees

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    Do note if theyre in western cages, they'll stave without being fed syrup as opposed to water
     
  5. Tyro

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    I have just never heard them piping cages before. And they are piping quite a bit. I am not familiar with a 'western' cage. These are 3-hole and JZBZ. I have not had trouble with them yet.
     
  6. tecumseh

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    yes what is western cages?

    I have found Tyro that a lot of things can get the workers and queen pretty noisy. Temperature and sunlight are certain two things that will get them a talkin' (and them girls do like to talk from time to time). a waff of smoke from my smoker will do the same thing. I did wonder if the cages have attendants (usually the jz don't, but the 3 hole would be a maybe???).
     
  7. Tyro

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    tec -

    Actually, all of the cages are filled with attendants. I would bet (and I suppose I could count) that there are at least 6 attendants/cage. The 3-hole cages may have even more.

    I always worry when I have to keep them like this. I know that they will almost certainly be fine for a few days, but I can't help it. Ironically, if I made nucs first and then had to wait for the queens to come, I would worry about the nucs then.

    I worry about these dang bees almost as much as I worry about my kids! I thought that hobbies were supposed to be RELAXING!
     
  8. tecumseh

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    yep that is the way things are suppose to be.... thankfully I have no children so I only need worry about is one little grey dog and several million 'girls'.

    in recent times I think I have noticed that I have better acceptance with no attendants in the introduction cage. getting 6 attendants into those jz cages must have been a chore???