Culled a queen today

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Eddy Honey, Jun 1, 2012.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    :cry:
    I had to cull a queen today. I gave her a chance but the hive never built up like the rest of the hives and the brood combs had drone comb in a shotgun pattern throughout.

    I have 2 mated queens laying like gangbusters in my queen castle and wanted to introduce 1 of them and her frames of bees into the now queenless hive.

    I have a queen introduction frame and some candy. http://www.brushymountainbeefarm.com/Requeening-Frame/productinfo/274/ I was just going to stick her into the big part of the cage and seal it with candy.

    When should I put her in the queenless hive?
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    I like to wait 24 hours but I have read where the bees know the old girl is gone in less than an hour, assuming of course that you removed her when you did the deed!
     

  3. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    I removed her and walked her away from the hive and did the deed. There were 2 nurse bees with me to witness the execution and to act as pallbearers.
     
  4. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    I did that once, last year. It was pretty sad and i really did not like doing it at all.

    Sounds like you did the right thing though, if you have some great young queens just waiting for a hive to make good.
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    2 to 24 hours, no longer. I prefer 2 to 4 hours.
     
  6. Eddy Honey

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    :eek: Thunderstorms moving in all around us. The wife is out picking up some candy she better hurry back!

    Otherwise I'll do it tomorrow morning.
     
  7. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    It's the Wrath of Zeus in response to your regicide of Aphrodite! :eek:
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  8. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    LOL! @ Omie!

    We got it done.
    They don't seem to mind her being in there. They're just crawling around on her cage very calmly.
    When should I make sure she is free?