Virgin Queens?

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edfuselier
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Virgin Queens?

Post by edfuselier » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:56 pm

Anyone want a virgin queen?

A buddy of mine had an "almost" swarm today - they ended up collecting on the the front and bottom of the hive. I found four queens in the mass of bees and put them in cages. The weather got nasty and most bees went back in the hive. When the weather improved, we did a quick split and found what we think was the mother queen in the hive, and there were still tons of unopened queen cells in the split. No knowing what do do with all the queens we found, I took them home and I'm banking them right now in a queenless NUC. If anyone is interested in adopting one of these ladies, text me at 336-740-1211

Wally
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Re: Virgin Queens?

Post by Wally » Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:51 pm

They will need to be released to mate in a SHORT number of days, or they won't ever mate.

edfuselier
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Re: Virgin Queens?

Post by edfuselier » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:35 pm

Good to know - thanks Wally. If no one wants them I'll start some NUCs in the next day or so.

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