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House Bee
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Location: Honolulu,HI

« on: July 15, 2009, 12:58:28 AM »

In Hawaii we can only buy queens from Hawaii. There is only one place that will sell queens to us on Oahu.  I had to wait 6 months before I could order 2 new queens.  I put them in two nucs. I went down there today to make sure they got out of the cage. They hadn't, so I opened one and shook her to the bottom.  Before I could get the top back on she climbed to the top and flew away!  The second one almost got away also! Now I have to wait for another 2-3 months before I can get a new queen.  I can't believe my luck!
Field Bee
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Location: Brisbane, Australia

« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2009, 05:09:18 AM »

That sure is bad luck.

Do you have any eggs that you can use to breed your own?


On the outer Barcoo where the churches are few,
   And men of religion are scanty,
On a road never cross'd 'cept by folk that are lost,
   One Michael Magee had a shanty.

Now this Mike was the dad of a ten-year-old lad,
   Plump, healthy, and stoutly conditioned;
He was strong as the best, but poor Mike had no rest
   For the youngster had never been christened,
A BUSH CHRISTENING - A.B. "Banjo" Paterson
Field Bee
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Location: Marysville, CA

« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2009, 05:37:53 AM »

Perhaps your luck will make a turn for the better and the queens will come back by the end of the day.

Sitting in the shade, drinking lemon aid.
Enjoying the breeze while counting the bees.
House Bee
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Location: Green Cove Springs, Florida

« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2009, 03:06:40 PM »

Before I could get the top back on she climbed to the top and flew away! 

Mating flight.

4 hives
Universal Bee
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Location: boring, oregon

« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 03:15:12 PM »

usually when you buy queens they are mated.  at least CONUS they are.

.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

 Alexis de Tocqueville
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Location: Grindrod, B.C. Canada

« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2009, 09:50:23 AM »

Orvette, what a bummer.  Perhaps she may fly back, you never know, and I surely do hope so.  That is so surprising that you are so close to where the Kona Hawaiian queens are raised that there is such a long time to get one on order.  They are probably too busy exporting the queens all over the world to pay closer attention to those that are close to them.  Sorry about that for you, it is sad.  Have a wonderful day, great health.  Cindi

There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold.  The Arctic trails have their secret tales that would make your blood run cold.  The Northern Lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see, what the night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee.  Robert Service
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