Point well taken, Mike!
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Point well taken, Mike!
I am saving those links for sure :D
I was in a similar situation the last several years - the bees were brooding almost all the way through and then it got too cold too fast. This is the first year where everything aligned...
Long time no see :). We've been having a really mild winter here in NW Ohio. In the next 10 days, we're only having 2 days below 40 and the rest of the forecast calls for temps in the...
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Considering the timeframe you mentioned, make absolutely sure you have laying workers and not a drone laying queen. If you have a drone layer, you'll need to find her and pinch her first.
If she's laying good and the hive has no issues with her (hasn't started supersedure), I'll let her be.
First suspect is mites - they cause infected bees to have shorter abdomens. Other than that, it could be cell size or nutrition or lack of.
Soooo, how do they get the pollen?
I think you had too little for the amount of bees, especially if they were pushing out the screen.
I usually shake off/brush off whatever I can from the combs and scrape off the bottom board. This should take care of the majority of the casualties and stink. A package can easily clean up the bees...
Awesome pic, Ryan Williamson! Brad Bee, OUCH!
Spotty, especially since she just started laying may mean she's also gearing up for the job. Laying workers will usually have multiple eggs per cell and all of them will be drones.
Not 1:1, but usually the bigger the cell, the bigger (the better) the queen.
Yep a hatched cell and a fuzzy new queen. You caught it right before she commenced carnage on the rest of the cells.
The queens need to be well fed in order to survive the mating flight. She probably got lost or killed during the flight. You may want to add some nurse bees to your split to ensure the queen is well...
Too warm/humid probably and the foragers need to stay out of the way.
Old, worn-out bee. Don't worry about laying workers as long as you have a laying queen.
If they have wing damage, you might want to check your mite load and treat.
If you want to do it in the fall, if I remember correctly, CAPA http://capabees.org/2012/10/24/overwintering/ recommends that you break them into singles by pretty much splitting and providing a...
All this is great advice - however, before proceeding, I would suggest you contact your package supplier and inform them of the situation. You may get a replacement queen at least.
This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
If the hive with drones has a drone laying queen, pinch her first or she will try to destroy the cells.
Moots, you said you put the trap on a swarm - watch them for supersedure. The drones and the virgin cannot exit/enter through the trap.
I think you should just be patient and give your virgin(s) a chance to mate and start laying.