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« on: July 17, 2011, 12:15:46 AM »

I have a Nuc that has been Queenless for over a week. Can I do a quick release or do I have to put her in a Queen cage and let them release her. I'm taking her from another hive and putting her into the Nuc. I was planning on using a Queen catcher and then releasing her that way.

Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2011, 12:50:02 AM »

They will be ok for a few more days. You would hate to do a quick release and get her killed.
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011, 12:51:24 AM »

If they are low on numbers you can always add a frame of bees as well. Sounds like you have more than one hive.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2011, 07:43:39 AM »

They will most likely kill her shocked if you do and then still be queenless. Why not take the time you have?
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2011, 11:41:14 AM »

Thanks for the info everyone. The reason why I wanted to do a quick release is because I'm starting a new job Monday and I will be going home only on the weekends. My fear is to discover her dead still in her box when I get back. I can't check on her in a couple of days to see if she's been released. I guess I could take some of the candy out so it's less effort for the workers to get to her.

Thank you again everyone for all your help.

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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2011, 11:29:03 AM »

Just because they've been queenless longer does not mean they are more accepting of a queen.  They are the most accepting in about 12 hours of queenlessness. As time goes on and some workers start getting ideas about being queens, acceptance goes down.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011, 05:59:54 PM »

Are you quite sure that the nuc is queenless? 

Queens can stop laying for a variety of reasons (could be defect or injury, but one of mine just started laying again after a 2-week break for the dearth) giving the appearance of queenlessness to a hive that will gladly kill your new queen if she is direct-released.
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