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  1. #1
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    Apr 2005
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    I have a top bar observation hive I use to raise queens in. This last time the bees abandoned the queen cup and I found a bunch of drone brood layed in the worker cells. I gave them a small frame of new brood, after emptying them out across the yard from their usual location, which they raised but did not form a queen. I'm assuming the laying workers made it back to the hive and were preventing the bees from making a queen.

    So I dumped the bees out again and replaced the comb with comb from 2 hives that are loaded with capped brood, some eggs, various open brood, along with a bunch of nurse bees, and 1 queen cup. The nurse bees are really being attentive to the queen cup while not ignoring the other brood for the last 3 days. I think they will produce a nice queen.

    Now the problem, the bees I dumped out of the hive are clustered around the enterance. I was hoping they would disperse. I need to open up the new hive soon but I'm afraid the old colony my cause a problem with the new hive. I have several other hives in the area. Should I try to mix them with another hive? Or should I drown the mass of them? About half of them are drones.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Bradenton, FL, and Davenport, IA, USA
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    After remaining outside and queenless essentially because the laying worker hasn't been able to lay, I think you can open up the hive and let them in. You can watch and make sure everything is fine with the queen cell.
    Scot Mc Pherson<br />McPherson Family Honey Farms<br />Davenport, IA<br />BeeWiki: <a href=\"http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org\" target=\"_blank\">http://beewiki.linuxfromscratch.org</a> <br /><br />Pics:<br /> <a href=\"http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/\" target=\"_blank\">http://linuxfromscratch.org/~scot/pics/bees/</a>

  3. #3
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    I gave it a try. Think I blew it though. The bees don't seem to be paying the attention to the queen cell and they haven't sealed it up yet. I think it should be done by now. Guess I will watch for a couple of days and if nothing happens try something else.

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