1357Re: [TopHive] Re: combining queenless hives
- Jul 1, 2008If you are not going to combine the hives, I recommend you leave the queen in her box and place it in the hive for three days before you release her. If it is hot, spray everyone with your sugar syrup (when you put her in, and when you release her in three days).
You will be able to tell that your hive is ready for the queen when you can easily brush the workers off her cage (they will go right back on it, but they will not cling to her cage wire like thier life depended on it or be buzzing angrily at her). If they are not ready for her in three days, you may have a queen in your hive that you did not know about. I had this happen. My hive swarmed, and when the old hive did not have any eggs after 6 weeks and I could not find a queen, I tried to requeen. It turned out that I had a new queen in the hive that just hadn't got the hang of laying yet. The workers did not accept the new queen as a result.
--- On Tue, 7/1/08, bethblue1122 <BethBoyer@...> wrote:
From: bethblue1122 <BethBoyer@...>
Subject: [TopHive] Re: combining queenless hives
Date: Tuesday, July 1, 2008, 2:59 PM
Thanks very much Jim, that is good advice!
I will be getting two queens tonight from my bee club president. I
will install the queens tomorrow, spray the bees, and not complicate
things with combining at the same time.
I don't have Honey B Healthy, but just ordered some so I have it on
hand. I'll bring my spray bottle of 1:1 syrup when I get the queens,
and if the club president doesn't have a bit of the addititve, I may
try just adding a drop or two of pure lemongrass oil to the syrup and
hoping that does the trick.
I'll post after I do the installation and some time has passed to let
folks know how it goes.
--- In TopHive@yahoogroups .com, "Jim & Rebecca Payne"
<jimandrebeccan@ ...> wrote:
> A nice spray of Honey Bee Healthy mixed 4 teaspoons to one quart of
> syrup will take care of any odor difference. It is said a queen or
> combine can be done immediately when it is used. Also good for bees
> settle in a new hive,
> About $25 or less for 16 oz.
> Go to their site and they list everyone who carries it. Something
> have on hand all of the time.
> Jim Payne
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "bethblue1122" <BethBoyer@. ..>
> To: <TopHive@yahoogroups .com>
> Sent: Monday, June 30, 2008 9:40 PM
> Subject: [TopHive] combining queenless hives
> > Hi all,
> > Please help with a problem. I have two TBHs, both are queenless.
> > How they came to be that way is a long story, and trust me, they
> > not merely honey bound, and I am not missing the queens.
> > I am able to get a mated queen from my beeclub, but I need advice
> > how to combine two queenless hives and introduce a queen at the
> > time. These colonies are racing the clock. I need to get a
> > there and laying asap before the field bees die out and none are
> > to nurse the young (if it isn't too late already--again, a long
> > story).
> > I was thinking I just combine the hives by bringing in the combs
> > the smaller colony, and spraying all the bees with a 1:1 sugar
> > solution, add the queen in a cage with a marshmallow plug, and
> > Anything else I should do? A TBH doesn't lend itself to newspaper
> > combines, etc.
> > I appreciate any suggestions.
> > Best regards,
> > Beth in CT
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