Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different queen

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  1. mjrice

    mjrice New Member

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    I have a queen that has no hive (they died off suddenly as I posted separately). Anyway, today the queen came out when I opened the hive to check on her, and she flew lazy circles around the hive for a few minutes. Then I picked her up (she's very docile) and I put her in a wide mouth jar with some honeycomb I took from my other hive. She slurped honey for a while; i think she must have been really hungry.

    Anyway, my question is, theoretically, if I were to take a frame from my other hive (obviously not with the queen from that hive) and put it in the dead hive (cleaned out since the die off) along with that other queen, would they accept her, or would I have to keep her sequestered from them for a while for her protection?
     
  2. tecumseh

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    Re: Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different que

    a queen cage or introduction cage is designed to allow the worker bees in the box to become acquainted with any newley introduced queen. the entire introduction process is ideally designed to take about 2 days. you can easily construct an introduction cage from wine corks (2), hardware wire (1/8") and electrical tape. use the two corks to shape a round cage that you secure on the two ends with electrical tape. after a day or so you pull one of the corks. these also work well with virgins <these I am told you want to release earlier rather than later.

    don't drink the wine before trying this at home!
     

  3. mjrice

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    Re: Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different que

    Thanks for the quick reply; is hardware wire the same as screen? I can buy it at the hardware store?
     
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    Re: Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different que

    heavy screen I guess you might call it. number 8 (8 strands per inch) should be readily available in any hardware store where you could buy standard screen. standard wire screen would also work although you would want (I would think) for the wire to be fairly stiff (like that used in a veil).
     
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    Re: Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different que

    Like tec said. Without an introduction cage they would probably kill her. I'm wondering why the hive died and the queen survived. :confused: Pesticides maybe?? Jack
     
  6. mjrice

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    Re: Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different que

    Pesticides are my guess too, Jack. It was a swarm that I captured only a couple weeks earlier; I'm guessing they just stumbled on something nasty. I have no idea why the queen didn't die also. Maybe she's *just that tough*
     
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    Re: Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different que

    Well, I went ahead and did it. Another beek had a queen cage I could use, so I marked the wild queen and popped her into the cage, then added a frame of brood and nurse bees from my other hive.
     
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    Re: Introducing a frame of bees and brood to a different que

    dont forget to let us know how it goes :thumbsup: