Like Victor i froze some and the last queen like Veg i did it quickly.
I didnt like the idea of slicing off heads or squashing them under my hivetool, however this is probably the kindest method, its most certainly the quickest.
Freezing is clean and less brutal, most people like the idea that they drift off to sleep, only thing with that is its a long process and she is quite possibly uncomfortable while she cools. just a thought.
Other way - take some vodka and drive in car with her. Stay off A roads and motorways. Drive only on Bee roads. Death will be quick.
Sorry Finman, I just couldn't resist!
I agree a squeeze that is quick is slick. All these people transporting queens around all day only to pop them in the freezer when they get home for tea and getting into trouble when the wife demonstrates her displeasure. How much fun is that?
PS what happened to your famous signature? It's not the same with nothing to paraphrase!
if you pop her in the freezer you have her for the days you need but cannot find your queen,,, I have heard pin her on the top bar of a frame close up the hive for 10 mins or so then reopen and you should find your live queen trying to do in your frozen one.....
Hi, I have been reading this forum for a while but this is my first post. Bumping off the old queen is my biggest worry. I cant kill anything and feel really guilty when I kill a moth or bug when I am driving so doing away with fairly large insect is going to be tough. Call me soft but chopping heads off is not me. It will haunt me if I witness it. What about putting her is an airtight jar or is that going to hurt? I have not got my bees yet by the way, I am hoping for a swarm. I am all ready to go and I have also put some lure in my hive.
Air tight jar- will live for ages, malnutrition and dehydration will kill
When you finally get your bees and reopen the hive after your second inspection remember this post
I am so very careful, and hate trapping a bee - but am always saddened when I see how many I have accidentally squashed on replacing boxes.
Toughen up or ship out - as, sadly -you WILL kill
You could always use ether....easiest way to get it, is in a can of easystart for cars (which is almost purely ether)...about £2.50-£3 from halfords or whereever. Just spray it onto a pad of kitchen towel at the bottom of a jar, should work in seconds by putting them to sleep.
Just dont sniff it yourself...... to convoluted for me though.
If I'm feeling sentimental (and there's got to be a first time for everything!) I'll get my husband to squish Her Majesty should the need arise. It's got to be the kindest thing, as she'll be dead before she realises what's happening.
Quick, painless, and something to bring up in marital arguments. Perfect!