Deed is Done

June 3, 2006

Per previous post, Michelle picked up our replacement queen, I found the old queen in Hive 1, crushed her head between my forefingers, and stuck the new queen in (with a frame of brood from Hive 2). I would have snapped some pictures, but I was running a 101 fever at the time, so it was a quick in and out operation.

Marshmallow in place.  Success!It was interesting to see the bees from Hive 1 swarm over the new queen’s cage and try to sting her through the mesh. Per instructions, we left the corks in queen cage for a couple days to give the colony some time to get used to her scent. Then, Michelle went in yesterday and replaced one of the corks with a bit of marshmallow, which they’ll eat away over the next few days. Hopefully, as soon as she’s out, she’ll get busy and start laying us some eggs!

Michelle got a snap of the marshmallowed queen cage. Enjoy.

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