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05-03-2002, 08:57 PM
I made my second inspection today. It seems that all the capped brood have a dome shape to them. http://www.beesource.com/ubb/frown.gif I have also noticed a lot of drones flying around the hive. Is my queen in trouble? This is my third week of keeping bees so I¬ím a little paranoid.
05-03-2002, 09:52 PM
You have good reason to be concerned. Last year was our first year. We started with two hives. One started exactly like yours - all drones. We immediately contacted our supplier and they sent us a new queen. But by the time she was introduced the hive had dwindled as the old workers died. New workers didn¬ít come fast enough to replace them. In the end, the hive didn¬ít survive. We were novices, and in hind site what we should have done is added a frame or two of brood from our strong hive.
I think you have a sterile queen. My understanding is that this can happen if she gets too cold, but there are probably other reasons too. A sterile queen can still lay eggs, but with no sperm they are all drones. My suggestion would be to replace your queen as soon as you can, and add a couple frames of brood from another hive. If you don¬ít have another hive, you might check with other beekeepers in your area.
05-04-2002, 03:10 AM
No other hive & no beekeepers close that I know of. http://www.beesource.com/ubb/frown.gif I thought this might be the case. Looks i might not be a beekeeper to much longer.
Thanks for the reply
05-06-2002, 08:11 PM
Don't give up. This is my first year too and things aren't going just like they do in all the books. I'm probably manipulating my hives too much and I have one hive doing great and one that isn't doing well at all. I guess this is going to be a learn as you go process.
[This message has been edited by sparrow (edited May 06, 2002).]