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« on: July 24, 2011, 01:18:39 AM »

I ordered a handful of queens.  I received them a couple of days ago. The workers are rapidly dying. I know I can replace the workers and I have always heard nurse bees from brood area. Does it matter, can I grab a few from a honey super and replace them. I prefer not to break down the hive or bank them in a hive.
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2011, 04:20:39 AM »

How long are you going to keep them caged?
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2011, 12:45:58 PM »

Without workers to feed and groom your queen she will die (dead workers is not a good sign).  I've kept them up to week in the spring when weather sucked.  How are you keeping them?  Should be cool, dry and dark.  Get them in hives asap.

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2011, 02:14:12 PM »

They are cool and dark. Put four in yesterday(all those had dead workers) was hoping to get other four in today--- but it won't happen. Three of the four look good. One has only one worker left. Hope to get them in the morning. Had them since Thurs-- need to get them in right away!
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2011, 05:59:28 PM »

Make sure you are giving them some water (often forgotten).  Just dip finger in some water and put on screen.  A couple dabs a day will do ya.

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2011, 06:28:13 PM »

why are you doing so much requeening?  do you have bad queens, or are you doing splits?
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2011, 09:29:50 PM »

Both, I am bad about letting a queen limp along. I requeened 4 and I am going to split 4.
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