Midnite Bee-Beekeeper's: Tips TIPS  
Instructions for Queen Introduction

The queen that you receive is in a combination shipping and introduction cage.

There is no need to remove the worker bee attendants or cork. This cage provides food(white sugar candy) during shipment which also acts as a "timed release" barrier for your hive bees toeat through,allowing several days pheromone adjustment period.


If the queen is not placed in your hive within a few hours,place one drop of pure water on the screen of the cage so that the workers can use it to dissolve the candy. Repeat every day the cage is not in the hive.

The queen should survive several days outside the hive ,but the sooner she is introduced,the better. The hive to receive the queen must have no queen or queen cells already present. Ideally,the hive should be queenless for at least 24 hours prior to introduction. The cage should be placed in the middle of the brood nest(if no brood is present,place in the middle of the cluster). Position the cage between two frames, so that the candy end points up and the screen is not blocked. Squeeze the frames around the cage to firmly suspend it, any damage to the comb will be repaired by the bees when the cage is removed. Make sure the hole at the candy end is not blocked.

Note: If 10 frames are used,one frame may have to be removed to accommodate the cage.

The bees in your colony will chew through the candy and release the queen within a few days. The colony should be disturbed as little as possible for the next two weeks,while the queen establishes her brood nest.

Note: The above information provided by Glenn Apiaries. I received my queens(Carniolan) with their complete instructions.

You can contact them for further details at:

Glenn Apiaries (760)728-3731

E-mail: queenb95@aol.com Suppliers of the Carniolan and Italians.