Virgin queen trapping

Discussion in 'Raising Queens' started by Eddy Honey, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    My best hive is re-queening itself.
    I was planning to make a nuc from this hive with a frame of eggs, frame of capped brood, and 1 filled with nectar/pollen.
    What I found was mostly capped brood and honey and 2 frames with lots of capped queen cells and no eggs or brood young enough for my nuc. I took one of the two frames with q-cells in lieu of eggs for my nuc.
    This frame has 9 cells on it and I was wondering if there is a way to cage the virgins when they hatch so they don't kill each other? I have a hive at another yard with a failing queen and wanted an extra queen for that hive. These are overwintered genetics :thumbsup:
     
  2. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    You can fashion a push in cage out of wire mesh and push it into the wax, leave enough room for the queen to come out of the bottom of the cell.

    I would just cut two or three of the cells off and install them into the failing hive after you pinch the old queen.
     

  3. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    Thanks G3. The cells are on frames with plastic foundation. Have you done it with plastic before?
    If I trap a virgin, do the nurse bees need to be able to tend to the virgin?
     
  4. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Nope, another reason I do not do plastic.

    I guess since you have several cells you could try cutting one out with a sharp knife.
     
  5. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    Thanks Perry. That's awesome!
    Did the hives accept those queens?
    Do I need to trap them all? I mean if there is a loose virgin running around can/will she sting the caged queens?
     
  6. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Hey Eddy. Some did, some didn't. I did notice when I introduced them directly they were basically ignored. I don't know if timed release had much of an effect.
    I would imagine a loose virgin could do some damage alright, but as long as you have all the cells caged you should be OK.