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How long can I keep mated queens with attendants in a queen cage for? Or is there a better solution?

 

So, I’ve got nine newly mated queens that I need to remove from my queen castles because I have ripe cells to replace them with tomorrow (day 10). I am going to use the mated queens to replace old queens, but the forecast is terrible for opening hives for a seek and destroy mission tomorrow. And Im going hunting on Monday.... 

 

will they last until Tuesday, or do I need to set up a ‘bank’?

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58 minutes ago, CHCHPaul said:

How long can I keep mated queens with attendants in a queen cage for? Or is there a better solution?

 

So, I’ve got nine newly mated queens that I need to remove from my queen castles because I have ripe cells to replace them with tomorrow (day 10). I am going to use the mated queens to replace old queens, but the forecast is terrible for opening hives for a seek and destroy mission tomorrow. And Im going hunting on Monday.... 

 

will they last until Tuesday, or do I need to set up a ‘bank’?

You will just have to cancel the hunting trip😂.

If that is not an option Tue should be fine. We sometimes keep queens for weeks by reescorting and refilling candy every week and giving them a drop of water every 2 days. Always best to use them within a week if possible. 

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1 hour ago, Jamo said:

You will just have to cancel the hunting trip😂.

If that is not an option Tue should be fine. We sometimes keep queens for weeks by reescorting and refilling candy every week and giving them a drop of water every 2 days. Always best to use them within a week if possible. 

 

Thanks mate (not about the hunting suggestion). Do you keep them in a box or something, or on top of a colony for warmth? Im guessing a box inside a house. 

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4 hours ago, CHCHPaul said:

 

Thanks mate (not about the hunting suggestion). Do you keep them in a box or something, or on top of a colony for warmth? Im guessing a box inside a house. 

Mine are in an ice cream container in the change room that has the pipes supplying my hotroom underfloor heating running under it so stays about 20 degrees which is ideal.

When I go away pulling honey I leave the queens in the truck with a shirt and heavy jacket over them over night and they are ok even on the chilly nights.

Heat can be more of a problem, don't leave them in the sun.

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sell the queens and go on the hunting trip!  If you are in ChCh you still have time to get cells produced and mated

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So whats the general consensus,

 Is it to late to do another graft ?

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I’ve done three more grafts since these ones. Knock on wood, this was a 100% mating success. 

 

I put 9 more ripe cells out today and there is still plenty of drones. 

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