Queens are M.I.A.
I am having a heck of a time, this year. I go from queens that are not laying to queens that are gone. First of all, I mark all of my queens, so I can find them. I have a total of 5 hives in 2 different yard that have turned up queenless. What in the word is going on here? To give you all a little history of these hives. They are all packages, 2 Russian and 3 Italians. They started out going all out, queens laying good, tight patterns, and I add 2nd deeps to them. They keep on going great and then they stopped. I am glad that I found them when I did. I took the top box off and went threw the hive completely. No queen, no fresh brood, just a few frames of capped brood. Weak queens, bad batch? Something that I did or am not doing? I am at a lost. I really need to learn how to graft cells. This is getting expensive and is driving me crazy. Or I need to find a new source for Queens. The rest of the packages, from this group have a super on them. It looks like I am going to have to make one of them the doner colony for frames of brood so they can make their own queens. Has anyone else had this problem ? Any advice would be great. Or someone with a few queens that they would like to get rid of!
life is like a box of chocolates,you never know what you are gonna get