I made a split from what looked like a queen less colony that had q/cells and made one nuc with the q/cells that where bunched together and
Took a frame of eggs and brood from another colony and gave it to the other nuc,
33 days later I have my first eggs in the nuc that had the queen cells in and the other nuc did raise a queen cell but still no eggs,
So the nuc that still has shown no sign of eggs or queen is in theory still queen less, so I gave it another frame with a small patch of 15 to 20 day old eggs 4 days ago and it looks like they have moved one of the eggs and put it in the queen cell that was already on the brood frame,
Have they done this coz they isn¬ít enough young bees to draw new wax for a fresh queen cell,
If this is the case that this nuc hasn¬ít enough young bees then will this queen be any good,
My winter OSR is all most finished and my honey yield has sufferd a bit on my queen right hives with putting empty brood frames in with my small cell thing I an doing, and in couple of day¬ís I will be moving my bees to a spring OSR that has just come into flower and if the feed back on this nuc that is struggling isn¬ít good I will combine with one off the stronger colony¬ís.
I don¬ít want to take any more brood from the stronger colonies if I can help it coz I need every bee I can get (or do I) for this extra flow that I am lucky enough to go to.
Please any ideas
PS the post bit of a panic with the buckfast cecropia queens has work out ok. With both queens I have seen brood at all stages but no emerging nurses bees yet.
[size="1"][ June 11, 2006, 02:23 PM: Message edited by: tony350i ][/size]