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  1. #1
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    Default If queenless at beginning of honey flow will workers still gather...?

    If no queen is present at the begining of the honey flow will the workers still gather necter/pollen and make honey without her?

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    Yes. Maybe even more than if the queen was there because there is no brood to tend. But, of course, no brood means no replacements for the bees that die so in a few weeks.......pffft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGreenThumb View Post
    If no queen is present at the begining of the honey flow will the workers still gather necter/pollen and make honey without her?
    They sure will, just like MrGreenThumb wrote. If you ever do a walk away split, and you watch the queenless hive, you can easily see them bringing in pollen. And they are bringing in Nectar too...

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    Default queenless

    Sure but you want a queen in there so get one or put in a frame with eggs so they make an emergency replacement.

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