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Ben Framed:

--- Quote from: TheHoneyPump on February 03, 2021, 02:19:05 pm ---For example:

1. Fastest find - single brood chamber plus young experienced eyes
2. Intro - wood mini cage with 4 days worth of candy.

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These examples sound simple and fast as need be to me. Is this the way you do it or just examples. I know you are looking for others ideas and suggestions. Again, good topic. 

Ben Framed:
It's getting closer to that time of year, at least as far as planning goes. I am bumping this topic.

JurassicApiary:
I have been collecting older beekeeping books and interestingly, I just read a bit on this topic last night after receiving an original 1920 "Dadant System of Beekeeping" book by C. P. Dadant in yesterday's mail..

C. P. Dadant recommends push-cages with an interesting twist:

Excerpt:

"Some people believe in making the colony queen less ahead of time.  We don't.  We wait until the new queen is there before removing the old one.  We believe it a good idea to cage the old queen, for an hour or two previous to killing her, in the cage in which the new queen is to be introduced.  It gives the cage the odor of the old queen and appears to make the introduction more secure.  Caging the queen on brood-comb for a couple of days, we consider the best method of introduction.  We have had less losses with this method than any other."

Ben Framed:

--- Quote from: JurassicApiary on February 17, 2021, 11:50:29 am ---I have been collecting older beekeeping books and interestingly, I just read a bit on this topic last night after receiving an original 1920 "Dadant System of Beekeeping" book by C. P. Dadant in yesterday's mail..

C. P. Dadant recommends push-cages with an interesting twist:

Excerpt:

"Some people believe in making the colony queen less ahead of time.  We don't.  We wait until the new queen is there before removing the old one.  We believe it a good idea to cage the old queen, for an hour or two previous to killing her, in the cage in which the new queen is to be introduced.  It gives the cage the odor of the old queen and appears to make the introduction more secure.  Caging the queen on brood-comb for a couple of days, we consider the best method of introduction.  We have had less losses with this method than any other."

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This sounds logical... Good find and good post JurassicApiary

Bill Murray:
Well here is my 2 cents worth. wooden queen cage, no smoke, dosnt matter if the old queen was there today or not, strip drawn wax where queen cage goes, remove 1 frame from box. If the new queen is giving off good pheromone 99.9% take rate. If not dosnt matter what you did cause if they accepted her she will be replaced anyway.

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