Finding Queen

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Murrell, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    Talking with another old timer, :eek:ldtimer: he was insisdent that the only easy way to locate a queen was use a double screen, I've heard this before but never tried it, has any on here ?

    Take a new queen, leave her in her cage, place on top of a double screen, add empty box and cover, in 10-15 minutes old queen will be on bottom of screen,
    From those who have tried it any luck ?

    Thanks
    Murrell :eek:ldtimer:

    HAPPY 4TH !!!!!
     
  2. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    i havent heard that one before. But im sure there will be someone who has. If there is a queen in the hive im betting the workers will ball around the new one trying to get rid of her while she is still in the cage
     

  3. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    That's why you use the double screen !

    Murrell
     
  4. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    One of these;

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    Murrell
     
  5. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    That looks like a snellgrove board for running double queen hives. I never heard of them being used to find a queen in that fashion.
     
  6. brooksbeefarm

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    Murrell, i read somewhere (no idea where) that if you take a frame of brood from another hive and place it in the hive you want to find the queen, and check it a couple of times the first 30 minutes, she will come to that frame. I tried it and it worked, it's kind of the same thing your doing. Jack
     
  7. Omie

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    Jack, that's very interesting! When you take the frame of brood to put in, do you leave the nurse bees on it from the other hive, or brush off all the bees first?
     
  8. brooksbeefarm

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    Omie, you could probably do either, but i brushed them off. Jack
     
  9. sqkcrk

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    I was told that if one really wants to find a Queen, take the upper deep off the hive, look thru it, then look thru the bottom box. No luck. Put an empty deep on the bottom board. Put an excluder on top of that and put another empty deep ontop of that. Shake each frame from one deep down into the box. If the queen doesn't appear on the excluder, she is in the other box. So, shake bees from that deep into the empty box too. You aught to find her then.

    You should be looking at each frame before shaking the bees off too.
     
  10. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    the surest means of locating a queen is to not look for the queen.
     
  11. sqkcrk

    sqkcrk New Member

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    Like finding four leaf clovers or arrow heads.