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Offline Blackbird

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I need a queen now!
« on: May 01, 2007, 07:07:18 PM »
Does anyone know who has queens available right now for delivery? I just discovered my hive must have swarmed and looks to be quite queen less. I want to get a new queen in there before I get laying workers or simply replace the swarm queen if there is one in there. It seems everyone I call has ship dates like three weeks out. I prefer to order from California but it is not necessary.

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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2007, 07:09:21 PM »
There are a lot of queen sellers in Cal.
If you can find a copy of Bee Culture or American Bee Journal you will find plenty. Mine is in my car. I will have to look a bit later for names.

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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2007, 07:12:46 PM »
I have the ABJ, I have called so many places in there but the all have far off shiping dates. I need someone who can ship this week.

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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2007, 07:16:21 PM »
Can you put a frame of brood in the swarm hive? They will then make their own queen.

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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007, 07:21:15 PM »
I don't have any brood. My two other hives are brand new packages just installed on Saturday. Maybe I can try to get some brood from a local beekeeper though. Thanks for that idea. :)

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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2007, 07:21:37 PM »
I got an email from a place in North Carolina. It is far from California but if they can ship you might get it faster.....

BusybeeofNC at bellsouth.net (replace the at with @)
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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2007, 07:24:24 PM »
ermmm, doesn't the hive swarm before the new queen emerges?
you should have a few queen cells inside the hive you know... or what was the case with that swarm? wouldn't it be called absconding if there's no queen cell inside the hive?

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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2007, 07:29:33 PM »
Do you have any brood in the hive?  eggs?

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Re: I need a queen now!
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2007, 07:36:44 PM »
When I looked in the hive there was one possible queen cell in there. However not one single cell with brood either covered or not. I can wait and see what happens with this queen cell that is in there but I have had bad experiences with this situation. I would rather  replace her if there is a she to replace.