Queen Introduction Checklist

OWA QUEENS HAVE DIFFERENT PHEREMONES REQUIRING SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS
We take great care in packaging and shipping our queens, making every effort to assure that they arrive in good condition, but WE DO NOT GUARANTEE SUCCESSFUL INTRODUCTION.

  • Queens should be placed into colonies promptly. If unable to install promptly, keep cage out of the sun, at room temperature and give one drop of water daily taking care not to wet the candy.
  • Do not remove your existing queens until you have your new ones in hand.
  • If there is a poor honey flow, set up your supplemental feeding prior to installing queens to minimize disturbance; AVOID using feed stimulants that contain additives such as lemongrass when introducing a queen during a dearth, as this can contribute to robbing.
OWA QUEEN INTRODUCTION METHOD:
  • 24-48 hours prior to introduction: REMOVE: OLD QUEEN/ VIRGIN QUEENS; AND ALL QUEEN CELLS. (Throw the dead queen away from the hive, NOT back into the colony)
  • DO NOT REMOVE OR POKE A HOLE IN THE TAPE ON WOODEN CAGES.
  • DO NOT REMOVE CAP FROM PLASTIC JZBZ CAGES
  • DO NOT REMOVE ATTENDANT BEES FROM CAGES
  • DO NOT PUNCH A HOLE IN THE CANDY PLUG
  • Wedge the queen cage, snugly between 2 frames in the center of the brood nest, candy plug UP, taking care to leave the screen accessible to the bees.
  • NOTE:  In a 10 Frame box it may be necessary to remove an outside frame, then widen the gap between 2 center frames to be able to insert the wooden California cage below the top bars.)
  • RETURN ON THE 5TH DAY… AT THIS POINT BEES SHOULD NOT BE BALLING THE CAGE: (…ACTING AGGRESSIVELY; BITING THE SCREEN ETC.) IF THEY ARE, INSPECT CLOSELY. YOU MAY HAVE A 2ND QUEEN.
  • BEFORE REMOVING THE TAPE: CHECK FOR AND DESTROY ANY NEW QUEEN CELLS then you may REMOVE THE TAPE (or plastic cap) allowing the bees to chew through the candy plug in a day or two, quietly releasing the queen.
  • DO NOT DISTURB THE COLONY FOR AN ADDITIONAL 10 DAYS – EARLY DISTURBANCE WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF NON-ACCEPTANCE OR SUPERCEDURE!!!
A SPECIAL NOTE IF REQUEENING IN THE FALL OR DURING A DEARTH IN NECTAR FLOW: provide the new queens with adequate drawn comb if available, to lay a healthy cluster of winter bees. Provide a constant food source of protein patties and 1:1 sugar syrup to stimulate queens to continue to lay until they shut down naturally for the season.