I have 2 different hives with queens that have stopped laying. One actually stopped then started back then stopped again. The weather here is very dry with no rain. The main honey flow is over, but with the weather like it is all the secondary flows have just about come to a dead stop.
With the lack of a nectar flow have the queens stopped to help save stores for the winter? Or do the queens need to be replaced?
With the lack of a nectar flow have the queens stopped to help save stores for the winter? Or do the queens need to be replaced
In bad droughts, lack of fresh nectar and pollen coming in,combined will do this.
It is not unheard of. In Arizona here in bad drought years, seen more often then other places, this happens and our brood shuts off for the summer just like in the winter briefly.
Just watch the colonies to make sure they don't run out of stores of both though, and be prepared to help them if bad conditions persist.
Dee A. Lusby