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Offline OPAVP

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Introducing queens.
« on: August 25, 2010, 12:15:32 AM »
Hi folks,

I have this situation:
I have 2 hives ,with sealed broos,but no queens or eggs. One has a intercaste
queen.  I also have 2 --3 frame nucs with queens that started laying
yesterday. To unite,I propose to do this: I will take the 2 frames with the young queens from the nuics and keep them seperate for a few minutes. Then I think I'll shake all the bees together,spray them with sugar water and
put them all back in the hives. THEN I'll take the frame with the queen,spray it,and put that in the hive. You think that'll work for a fast introduction?

The season is getting shorter that's why the hurry.

And also,how did the intercast queen came about?

Hope you'll help me fast. Thanks.

Greetings from Alberta

Offline tecumseh

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Re: Introducing queens.
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2010, 09:08:13 AM »
sounds like you are not so much introducing a queens as combining two hives?

intercaste are likely there all the time it is just the pheromone of the laying queen keeps the intercaste in a state where they do not lay... at least that's the theory.

another approach to combining small population is to make up some thin sugar water + lemon oil + spearmint oil and place in a spray bottle.  spray all the bees on frames and combine.  If you can allow some small space (the width of one frame) between the two population for a day or so and then a day later slide them together.

I am 'the panther that passes in the night'... tecumseh.