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Author Topic: Queen Introduction in new foundationless hive  (Read 489 times)
TheMasonicHive
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« on: June 27, 2010, 11:09:38 AM »

Next year I plan doing foundationless, all medium hives.

This year I started with foundation and when I installed my packages I put the queencage in between frames as I was instructed in various books.  This started the buildup of burr comb, which I scraped off without a problem.

This would leave the bees to use the foundation as a guide, HOWEVER, I imagine that this burr comb in a newly established foundationless hive could present a major problem. 

Is there a special way to introduce a queen in a cage into a foundationless hive to prevent any burr comb and have them follow their guides?
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Christopher Peace
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 05:11:02 AM »

Yes.  Forget the cage.  If you're introducing a package, direct release the queen.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010, 05:49:57 AM »

Yes.  Forget the cage.  If you're introducing a package, direct release the queen.


Make shore the bees are in the package 3 or 4 days before you hive them


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