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I take that as an indication of shared experience?

 

I think every queen breeder has to deal with this.

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I had another interesting one today

The caged Queen and most but not all of her escorts are dead two weeks after putting in the hive.

They had only manage to eat their way halfway out

Could you please send a replacement Queen.

Other two are good.

 

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1 minute ago, Philbee said:

I had another interesting one today

The caged Queen and most but not all of her escorts are dead two weeks after putting in the hive.

They had only manage to eat their way halfway out

Could you please send a replacement Queen.

Other two are good.

 

So what did you say after you stopped laughing.

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4 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

So what did you say after you stopped laughing.

I said that she was obviously a dud and I would execute her Mother and father also if he could be tracked down

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8 hours ago, Philbee said:

I had another interesting one today

The caged Queen and most but not all of her escorts are dead two weeks after putting in the hive.

They had only manage to eat their way halfway out

Could you please send a replacement Queen.

Other two are good.

 

Oh dear! You might save some cost if you include notes on queen introduction with your queens. I would have suggested only for the hobby sized orders but sounds like some (new?) commercials could use them as well. It wouldn't be anywhere near as entertaining though. 

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Off topic but I sometimes spend more time looking for queens in mini nucs than big hives they like to play hide and seek. 

Back to the post when was the virgin queen put in you may find you queen is now laying and looks nothing like the one you sent I mark all my queens now.

I replaced a queen this year after I forgot to explain they needed to remove the tab I like to think I have nice queens but none have been clever enough to open the door for themselves if any one has that trait I may be Keen on some new genetics

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1 hour ago, Rob Stockley said:

Oh dear! You might save some cost if you include notes on queen introduction with your queens. I would have suggested only for the hobby sized orders but sounds like some (new?) commercials could use them as well. It wouldn't be anywhere near as entertaining though. 

Yes this is something that could be considered.
However, if I was too start adding instructions, where do I stop?
Do I have to train every Beekeeper as if they are clueless. 

As others have said, The issue that most new beeks have is in gauging the strength and make up of their hives

In this case it likely wasn't the way they introduced the cage but more likely the status of the hive that the cage was put into.

 

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2 minutes ago, Philbee said:

In this case it likely wasn't the way they introduced the cage but more likely the status of the hive that the cage was put into.

 

Or candy out of the wrong tin in the shed ! :8_laughing:

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2 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Or candy out of the wrong tin in the shed ! :8_laughing:

Ha Ha

There is only one Candy container

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We sent a couple of Queens off by Courier last Monday for next day delivery.  When they finally arrived on Thursday one was dead and the other he said was really lethargic.  She could be a bit stuffed after that stress.   Will be sending him a couple more tomorrow, frustrating though.  

 

Re including instructions that does seem like a good idea.

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Checked some mating nucs yesterday.  Some of them received a ten day old cell on 17 Nov and had mated laying Queens yesterday.  I make that around 12 days from emergence to laying, could be less if I'd checked earlier.

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50 minutes ago, CraBee said:

We sent a couple of Queens off by Courier last Monday for next day delivery.  When they finally arrived on Thursday one was dead and the other he said was really lethargic.  She could be a bit stuffed after that stress.   Will be sending him a couple more tomorrow, frustrating though.  

 

Re including instructions that does seem like a good idea.

Its critical that Queen Breeders have an exceptionally good relationship with the lead people at the Courier Company.

We are spoiled in this regard

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We use Courier Post for our shipments that have to be delivered overnight. I've tried em all and found them the best. That said, shipping wine may be a different proposition than Queens...

 

What company does everyone here use?

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We use courier post and until the past two seasons have had faultless service.

unfortunately  that has changed and now we are always nervous until we hear the queens have arrived safely 

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