Alternatively the nurse bees can be left in the queen cage and placed in the same manner, and they would be released with the queen when they and the resident bees eat the fondant. As they are nurse bees and have been exposed to the hive they should be accepted.[Hive 5]
Finally the queen could be released from the cage directly on a brood frame and thus directly into the hive.[Hive 8]
Each nucleus box was checked for any emergency queen cells and if present they were removed, then the queen cage with the tab removed was suspended between two frames
I will return to the Apiary next Wednesday to inspect the Nucleus Boxes, to check progress and Hives 7 and 6, which were created from Hive 10 and 9 respectively.
It was a very useful day for the members who had purchased queens, and equally for those who wanted to see the process.. Jim provided a comprehensive explanation, and answered numerous questions from those present.
I thank everyone for their enthusiasm and input, and particularly Clive for the photos
Ken Gallagher - Apiary Supervisor