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  1. #1
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    lynnwood, WA, USA
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    How long does a hive have to be queenless before workers begin laying? How long does it take for a hive to be queenless with laying workers before the situaltion is hopeless for requeening? Thanks.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2000
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    Tucson, Arizona, United States
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    Hi

    You wrote:
    How long does a hive have to be queenless before workers begin laying? How long does it take for a hive to be queenless with laying workers before the situaltion is hopeless for requeening? Thanks.
    IP


    Reply:
    Figure on average about 3-4 weeks in a normal situation where a virgin queen is lost while on mating flight.

    Don't really know of any hopeless situation, as brood can be fed with accompanying nurse bees (2-3) frames to correct most all situations. In hard to do cases, brood is refed a second time following 21days.

    Regards

    Dee A. Lusby


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