Re: What survivability rate can one expect on small cells without treatments?
I previously posted (#1 I think):
"The fourth colony (#4) is the supercedure queen I raised. After the queen hatched from large cells she laid eggs and had larva on 3 frames of the large cells, the rest were loaded with pollen and honey (some capped) before I found her. I moved her down on 2 fully drawn (with wax) small cell plastic frames along with 3 honeysupercells, separated her from the large cells with a queen excluder. Two weeks later she still had not laid in the small cells, and I could not find her. However, the bees had not made any queen cells on those eggs she had originally laid on the large cell frames. I pulled the queen excluder and she has now started laying again, a very nice pattern in the large cells. I have now marked her for easier spotting. After she fills these large cells with eggs, larva and sealed brood (which will be this week), I intend to push her back down, separate her with a queen excluder, provide another small cell frame with merging brood and see if I can get her to start laying in small cell. I will remove the large cell frames as the brood merges, which is about 8 frames of eggs, larva, sealed brood, honey and pollen. The remaining two frames are pollen and honey."
I had previously stated in a post that I did not have any of the MannLake small cells drawn out. Since my accident I sometimes forget recent occurances. My son reminded me that I had placed 2 drawn out MannLake small cell plastic (from a different colony) along with 3 honeysupercells. Several weeks went by and the queen never laid in the small cells. Concerned about bee population I pulled the queen excluder allowing her to move back onto the large cells and she quickly laid about 8 deep frames (about 80% eggs). On the 17th of June I pushed her back down (with queen excluder) with 3 of the honeysupercell (small cell drawn plastic) and 2 MannLake drawn small cells. She just now has started laying (9 long days later) on one side that the bees in this colony has drawn out. Every cell that has at least 1/4" wax on the plastic cell has an egg (probably about 2,000 on the frame (one side only)). She still has not laid in the other two drawn MannLake small cell plastic frames (taken from my other regressed colonies), nor the honey super cell. She is stubborn.
Anybody else had any problems getting a non regressed colony laying in frames drawn from another colony? Now that she is started maybe she will go ahead and lay in some of the others.
I also have another situation I have to deal with. The empty large cell frames have been filled with honey after the brood has emerged (about 5 frames about half full of sealed honey). 3 more frames with sealed brood (with about 20% sealed honey) that has not emerged yet. The one frame that all the brood has hatched and has much sealed honey, I scraped with a fork exposing the honey. About half the cells are unsealed honey but almost full. I place another deep box on top of the inner cover, turned the frame upside down (standing up straight) with the top placed over the deep box. This was a couple of days ago, and when I checked them today the frame is still heavy with honey.
Any suggestions on how to get them to remove the honey so I can replace these large cell frames with small cell frames?
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