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How long can i keep a Q bee in a cage with some workers and fondant?
Also what is the best method of keeping her alive ? ( in the cage)
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How long can i keep a Q bee in a cage with some workers and fondant?
If it's a virgin I wouldn't want to keep her for more than 2-3 days max. Feed her some honey and water rather than fondant- someone reminded me that she should be treated like a new born baby and given the best food availabe and keep her warm around 30 degrees C.
If she's mated then she will keep for weeks in a cage in a hive.
 

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Dont forget a virgin can feed herself while a mated queen needs feeding by workers.
 

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2-3 days is a simple answer. Like Eyman says.

Keep it alive, make a nuc. Take just emerging bees a franme. Put it over the big hive that it gives heat. Close all holes for 3 days.
 
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