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How to verify your queen is accepted.

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sawdstmakr:
Several times I have posted on how you can tell if the bees are ready to accept your new, caged queen. Here is a video of a queen in a cage that is not being accepted. If she was being accepted I could easily slide my finger across the cage screen, the bees would just move out of the way.



I hope this helps.
Jim

jtcmedic:
Good tips

herbhome:
really good info, Jim. Did you make this video? It's very concise and to the point. :smile:

sawdstmakr:
Yes. I went out right after day break to see if I could release the queen and found that I could not. I then decided to make the video.
This queen is a newly mated queen or a virgin. She is rather small. She escaped from the queen catcher while it was sitting on the hive stand. We found her in the grass. We are planning on putting this queen and a couple of frames of bees in the observation hive today.
Jim

sawdstmakr:
Here is a video showing the queen now being accepted by the bees on the cage.



Jim

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