Re queening mistake

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by stugger57, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. stugger57

    stugger57 New Member

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    After the Russian queen was in the hive for 4 days the candy plug was still not eaten through. I was told not to leave the queen in the cage for more than 4 - 5 days. Upon opening the cage there was a fumble over the open hive. Bees and queen tumbled everywhere. I checked the hive for the marked queen and did not see her. What are the odds that she will somehow find her way back into the hive if in fact she flew off or ended up on the ground?Feeling like a total rookie here.
     
  2. camero7

    camero7 Member

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    I often tape the candy end of the queen cage for 3-4 days before I let the bees access it. You could have waited longer before releasing her. If she flew off she may return. If she ended up on the ground there should be a group of bees around her and you should be able to spot her easily. She also might be in the hive and you didn't see her. She would be scrambling after that and might not have been easy to spot. If she wasn't marked she would be difficult to see.