Introducing Queens with the plastic Queen Cage
THIS EXPLAINS HOW TO USE THE PLASTIC QUEEN CAGE AND ASSUMES THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY INTRODUCE A CAGED QUEEN
Check to make sure the Queen is alive in the closed cage, when you receive her at the post office. As soon as you can place a small drop of water on your finger and slide your finger across the screen so the bees will have some water. If you have city water with chlorine use bottled water. The Queen can be kept for a few days by supplying water twice a day, until you are ready to place her in the hive. place something under the cage so the candy end is slightly higher
You can also bank them on a STRONG QUEEN LESS HIVE. Place a queen excluder and an empty shallow super on top of the hive place the cages screen up on the excluder place the cover on and the bees will take care of the queens.
To put the Queen in the hive, make sure the hive is Queen less, Remove all Queens.
Open the latch on the candy end with a hive tool. Pry the flap up carefully
To allow room to insert the cage, remove an outside frame. Locate where the most bees are clustered, separate two frames enough to place the Queen Cage between them. Place the candy end down make sure the cage is positioned so the bees can get to the mesh to feed the queen.Make Sure The Mesh Is Not Facing A Frame .
If you have room replace the frame you removed. The Queen should be released within 3or 4 days.
Carpenters Apiaries guarantees to ship only laying queens. We guarantee the queens are alive when they leave our apiary. We buy insurance for them unless you do not want it.We cannot guarantee how the packages will be treated during transport or delivery. We also cannot guarantee that your bees will accept the new queen(s). Once the queen(s) leave our property we cannot guarantee their safe arrival or their survival in your hive. When you receive your queen(s) check with the postal employee to make sure that they are alive. Should your queens not be alive when they arrive at your post office, please have your postal worker inspect them and give you documentation that they were deceased. This will help you in the process of filing an insurance claim.