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Arthur
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« on: April 24, 2012, 02:39:55 PM »

When I had my Warre' open yesterday, I notice that the queen hadn't yet been released. How long should or can I wait before letting her out myself (won't have nice weather 'til this Saturday), and how do I go about it? Do I just pop out the marshmallow and let her out on top of the bars? Will she fly off?
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 08:19:31 PM »

if you have one of the wood cages with the screen the easiest way is to hold the cage down in the hive against some comb and peel the screen off. you can let her walk right onto the comb.
slip a blade under the edge of that screen before you start so that it's easy to grasp and remove.  just don't go so far that you open it and let her out.

how long has she been in and are the bees taking care of her?  she can stay in a long time as long as they are tending her.  i forgot one once for a week.  queen was fine.

you don't need good weather....you just need a warm enough day that's not pouring and windy to pop the top and let her out.
if we wait for great weather in the PNW, we don't get much done  grin

where in SW washington are you?
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 08:44:22 PM »

She's  been in since Saturday evening, when I picked up her cage yesterday there were at least 10 workers on the outside of it, so I guess they are taking care of her. She was quite active, not lethargic or weak.

I'm in Kelso, about 45 min north of Portland, OR. The bees seem so much friendlier on a nice day. Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 08:53:05 PM »

they are better on a nice day.  my guess is that by saturday she'll be out.  if not, saturday should be fine.  did you put the cage marshmallow side up?  sometimes a dead worker can block her exit if it's opening down.

if you get a break in the weather and want to turn her loose, she can get busy laying.  the delay in laying is the downside to leaving her caged.
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.....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.....

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 12:38:30 PM »

The cage is laying horizontally, so hopefully she'll get let out. It's going to be pouring rain and/or windy all week according to the latest weather report.
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 10:34:17 AM »

Update!
The queen is out, and hive activity is high. They are haulin' pollen like crazy.
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2012, 11:28:25 AM »

If the queen isn't out at a week, I usually let her out. Also if she arrives with dead bees inside the queen cage, I let her out immediately.
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