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Author Topic: longevity of a caged queen  (Read 1229 times)
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« on: August 21, 2012, 08:31:50 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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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 09:25:05 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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