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Offline Dange

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longevity of a caged queen
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:31:50 AM »
How long can you keep a queen caged that you plan on introducing into a hive? What special care needs to take place?

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Re: longevity of a caged queen
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 10:25:05 AM »
First off she does need attendants unless its for a short while. Some get stressed more than others. If no attendants, keep them in a cool dark place but still not for very long, a day or two at most.

If she's in a nuc or other set up and mated, she can be kept a lot longer than you think but the longer she is caged the more comb they will build onto the cage, thus creating quite a mess.

How long a period were you thinking of keeping her caged?

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