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Offline ArmucheeBee

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Carry a queen to a cone-out?
« on: August 13, 2008, 07:18:50 PM »
 I have a house where I don't think I can cut-out (trying to talk 'em into it), so I have already set up a cone with a box since Sun.  I have a queen who only has about 100 workers from a gum log here at my house. 

What are the chances I could take this queen to the hive at the cone method house, put her in the box and have the 1000's of bees outside the cone/house accept her?  If I can do this should she be caged and all her attendants left behind?  if this worked I could take this box back to my bee yard and put another box up at the cone-method house in hopes that the queen in the wall would eventually come out.  Any advice.  I'm just impatient about the cone!!

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Re: Carry a queen to a cone-out?
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2008, 07:34:36 PM »
Your queen is foreign to the bees in the house there is a very good chance they will kill her if you just place her in your bait hive. Don't expect them to abandon their queen for your new one. You could take your queen and place her inside a queen cage in the bait hive and guage their reaction.


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Re: Carry a queen to a cone-out?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008, 08:18:37 PM »
I'd start with a frame of open brood.  Then when they think they live there, (probably evidenced by starting queen cells) put a caged queen in and see if they will accept her.
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Re: Carry a queen to a cone-out?
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2008, 12:09:57 AM »
I went to the house tonight and they OK'd me to cut out the wall--great!   There were a ton of bees there.  They were inside my deep which held 10 PF-105's.  I put in a frame of old comb and honey and they went crazy.  They were starving to death.  I sprayed some sugar solution around and they calmed down and ate. 

I put my lonely queen in the box with my healthy hive, with a seperator and newspaper between to try to save the remaining 100 workers, yes she is in a queen cage too.  I was told the healthy colony will feed her as long as the other queen is seperated.  I'll read MB page about 2 queen colonies too.  Thanks MB for the PM.  I love those PF's.  They are drawing them out like crazy.  Oh, my healthy hive found the feeder in the little hive and robbed it today, too.  So hopefully I can keep this queen alive until Saturday after the cut out.
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Re: Carry a queen to a cone-out?
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008, 02:33:15 AM »

Also, why is this called a "child board"?  I have not gone here before because I thought it was for kids!

It's a sub board (child) of the General Beekeeping board.
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