Introducing your new queen

  1. Make sure the hive has been queenless (no queen or queen cells) for a day before introducing the new queen
  2. If you are not installing your queen within 24 hours, let us know before you pick her up, and we can add some attendants
  3. Keep the queen at room temperature until you install her
  4. Remove the cap covering the outside access to the queen candy (for the bees to release the queen)
  5. Install the queen cage with the candy side facing upward towards the top of the hive (in the middle of the brood nest or cluster)
  6. Check it in 5 days to make sure they’ve released her. If not, go ahead and open the cage and point the opening down into the hive, letting her crawl down in. After she’s been released, don’t disturb her for another week, then check that she’s laying.

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