Last post we mentioned that we expanded to 5 hives. And since then, we now have queens in all the hives who are ready to go out and get nasty so they can start populating their new home with eggs. But before that happens, Chris diligently searched the hives to make sure they all had budding queens in them. After finding one that seemed void of royalty he purchased a queen bee for a cool $44. It came in the contraption pictured below. It protects the queen and has one side plugged with a candy filling. You put the vessel in the hive and it’s immediately covered with angry bees who want to know who this new queen is. But she is safe in the vessel until they can eat through the candy plug (usually takes 2 days), and by that time they usually say “Hey, we know you now, so yeah ok, be our queen.”
UNLESS there’s a queen already there that you missed. At which time they sting the stuffing out of the poor new girl and she’s left for dead. Which is what happened here. Chris is sad…cause $44 is a lot of money.