Friday 23rd of June 2017

Queen Introduction Checklist


 Olympic Wilderness Apiary  

Queen Introduction Checklist :
 
 
Special precautions are necessary for success
 
 
 
 
OUR 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.
  • Prior to introduction, keep cage out of the sun, at room temperature.  
  • When your queens arrive they should be placed into colonies promptly. If unable to install promptly, give one drop of water per day taking care not to wet the candy. 
  •  Do not remove your existing queens until you have your new ones in hand.
PREFERED INTRODUCTION METHOD -  TIMING IS CRITICAL FOR SUCCESS:
This method reduces risk of damage to the queen’s legs and antennae from bees biting through the screen, and averts the colony’s instinct to create their own queen
  •  Install NEW QUEENS into an existing hives or new splits  2 -3 hours after the removal of ALL queen presence: (QUEEN/VIRGIN QUEENS; AND ALL QUEEN CELLS.)
  • After waiting 2-3 hours REMOVE THE TAPE (or plastic JZBZ cap)from the candy plug then 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.
  • After placing the cage, DO NOT DISTURB COLONY for 10 days to allow the bees to chew through the candy quietly releasing the queen. 
 IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO INTRODUCE THE NEW QUEENS WITHIN  THIS CRITICAL 2-3 HOUR TIME FRAME… FOLLOW THESE ALTERNATE INSTRUCTIONS:
  • 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
  • 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 TAPECHECK FOR AND DESTROY ANY NEW QUEEN CELLS then you may REMOVE THE TAPE (or plastic cap) The bees will chew through the candy plug in a day or two, quietly releasing the queen.
  • AT THIS POINT, 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.