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  1. #1
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    Default During the honey flow do queens slow down egg laying?

    Then when the flow slows down pick up egg laying again?

    thx

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    interesting question
    my guess would be (and this is an uneducated guess) that the opposite it true
    if I'm not mistaken she stops laying before they swarm
    perhaps this is what you're seeing
    somebody who knows what they're talking about chime in

    Dave

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    What will happen is the workers will put on a honey cap and force the queen down into the bottom boxes. That's when you have to watch for swarming.

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    a honey flow can lead to a conjested (back filled) brood nest which will result in there being less 'possible' places for the queen to lay. as the flow slows or stops this nectar stored in the brood nest is then consumed (or moved) and thus provide more 'potential' spaces in which the queen can lay.

    with swarming...feed intake to the queen is greatly reduced (this slims her down so she can fly better) and her resulting output in egg laying during this fast is thought to be greatly reduced.

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