Need Bees Removed?
International
Beekeeping Forums
April 21, 2014, 04:19:36 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
News: ATTENTION ALL NEW MEMBERS
PLEASE READ THIS OR YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE DELETED - CLICK HERE
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar bee removal Login Register Chat(1)  

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: New queen introduction?  (Read 170 times)
dfizer
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 271

Location: Ballston Spa, New York


« on: May 02, 2013, 12:02:34 PM »

When splitting a strong colony into a nuc how long should they be left queen-less before adding the new queen.  With the goal being acceptance I am looking for the optimal time so that they are completely willing to accept her therefore I am planning to leave the nuc's queen-less for some period of time.  I just don't know what amount of time is best.  The conundrum is that I don't want to leave the nuc queen-less too long and have them produce queen cells on their own. 

Thoughts?

David
Logged
sterling
Field Bee
***
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 819

Location: mt juliet tn


« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 12:18:50 PM »

Twenty four hours is plenty. And leave queen in her cage for about four days. The bees will usually release her before then.
Logged
Michael Bush
Universal Bee
*******
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 13475


Location: Nehawka, NE


WWW
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2013, 01:25:57 PM »

My goal is to leave them queenless overnight.  That could be 12 hours or 24 hours, but overnight usually seems to do the trick...
Logged

Michael Bush
My website:  bushfarms.com/bees.htm
My book:  ThePracticalBeekeeper.com
-------------------
"Everything works if you let it."--Rick Nielsen
dfizer
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 271

Location: Ballston Spa, New York


« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 02:13:29 PM »

Thank you guys (and girls) for this info.... it's exactly what I was looking for.

David
Logged
dfizer
House Bee
**
Offline Offline

Gender: Male
Posts: 271

Location: Ballston Spa, New York


« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2013, 08:27:01 PM »

What happens to a hive when you split and don't wait the 12-24 hours?  I had a nuc prepared for the queen and when I got there to install her all the bees had perrished.  In my haste I cleaned out the nuc shook a few frames of bees in and put the queen cage in.  I am now concerned that since I did this all at the same time I may have fouled something up a bit.

Please advise.

David
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Beemaster's Beekeeping Ring
Previous | Home | Join | Random | Next
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines | Sitemap Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.333 seconds with 21 queries.

Google visited last this page March 22, 2014, 07:24:28 AM
anything