Midnite Bee-Beekeeper's: Tips
Instructions for Queen Introduction
The queen that you receive is in a combination shipping and
There is no need to remove the worker bee attendants or cork. This cage
provides food(white sugar candy) during shipment which also acts as a "timed
release" barrier for your hive bees toeat through,allowing several days
pheromone adjustment period.
If the queen is not placed in your hive within a few hours,place one drop
of pure water on the screen of the cage so that the workers can use it to dissolve
the candy. Repeat every day the cage is not in the hive.
The queen should survive several days outside the hive ,but the sooner she
is introduced,the better. The hive to receive the queen must have no queen or
queen cells already present. Ideally,the hive should be queenless for at least
24 hours prior to introduction. The cage should be placed in the middle of the
brood nest(if no brood is present,place in the middle of the cluster). Position
the cage between two frames, so that the candy end points up and the screen
is not blocked. Squeeze the frames around the cage to firmly suspend it, any
damage to the comb will be repaired by the bees when the cage is removed. Make
sure the hole at the candy end is not blocked.
Note: If 10 frames are used,one frame may
have to be removed to accommodate the cage.
The bees in your colony will chew through the candy and release the queen within
a few days. The colony should be disturbed as little as possible for the next
two weeks,while the queen establishes her brood nest.
Note: The above information provided by Glenn Apiaries. I received my queens(Carniolan)
with their complete instructions.
You can contact them for further details at:
Glenn Apiaries (760)728-3731
E-mail: email@example.com Suppliers of
the Carniolan and Italians.