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Author Topic: Requeening hot hive with push-in cage  (Read 105 times)
New Bee
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« on: Today at 12:08:56 AM »

Have a very hot hive and am in the process of doing a re-queen.  Using a push in wire cage over emerging brood, removed old queen 24 hours before putting new queen in (in retrospect I might not do this again, 3 days later I went through every frame and had to remove 11 emergency queen cells).

Also at day 3 I thought to release the new queen but could not see well through the haze of PO'd bees on my veil to determine if the new queen was being accepted so left her in the large wire cage. Looks like she has around 30 or so attendants that emerged from inside the cage so I think I’m okay for now to leave her as is.  No more honey inside the cage but some pollen and plenty of now empty cells. Didn’t see an eggs but I’m old and my eyesight is not so sharp.  The bees on the outside are trying to eat down to the plastic in a few spots but so far the cage is holding (#8 wire, pushed all the way to the bottom of the foundation).

Question is, how long should I feel comfortable leaving her in the push-in cage?  A week or 10 days okay?  I'm not at all incentivized to go back into this hive so want to defer as long as is reasonable to get full acceptance.

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« Reply #1 on: Today at 05:12:42 AM »

First of all where are you located? Are you in AHB territory?
Sounds like you did the right thing, the bees will not accept the new queen with their own queen cells in the hive. By removing the all of the emergency cell, you will force them to accept the new queen. The big question is did you get them all.
I would give them a couple of days and then release her.
If you had slid the cage under the hive it would bee easy to release her without going through the hive again.
Before releasing her, look at the bees on the screen. Are they attacking the box or are they calm and just trying to get her cent and feeding her.
If there are no other cells in the hive, they may calm down with just her pheromone.
Michael Bush
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« Reply #2 on: Today at 10:23:37 AM »

They genearally chew under the push in cage in a few days.  After that it doesn't really matter...

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