Before too long this season we may be faced with introducing a new queen to one of
our colonies that has lost their queen. Many of us know that this can be a tricky
situation where the colony may reject the new queen. The following is an idea from
Dennis Chow that ‘guarantees’ a 100% success !!!
"Last year I saw a Polish bee farmer replacing his old queen by dipping the new queen
into an honey jar, and then spoon it out to put into the hive. So I decided to have
a go last year when I had enough new queens. I took a queen from my queen cage and
I dropped her into the honey jar, which covered her completely with honey. I then
spooned her out and placed her on the top bar of the frame. The bees in the hive
rushed to lick the honey to rescue her which only took five minutes. The bees then
groomed her and within two minutes she was completely dry and was running on the
comb. An hour later, I double checked and saw her walking on the comb without any
fuss. The next day, she was still alive and I am very happy this method worked very
well. On another occasion I was transferring bees into my observation hive for a
village show. I couldn’t find the queen, so I had to introduce a new one quickly.
I took a new queen from my mini mating box and introduced her into the colony the
same way (dipped into the honey), and hoped for the best. An hour later when I arrived
at the show, I was delighted to find her walking on the surface of the comb with
the bees. It was a great show, and all the visitors were happy to see the bees and
With thanks to Reigate Bee keepers
Comments please. Anyone tried this or willing to have ago?