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  1. #1
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    Sep 2006
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    Default new queen question

    My hive swarmed about a month ago, I did not catch it. So after it swarmed, I saw queen cells in hive. Now, new queen has emerged about a week ago, and I question her fertility. She is laying a very good, full brood pattern. But it all seems to be drone brood. Is this something I need to worry about. There are not multiple eggs in cells, all eggs are in bottom center of cell. Is it possible she thought the hive needed a bunch of drones, and she will start laying worker brood? I would like to give it a little time, but not too long. I have a guy I can get a new queen from by early next week if I need one.
    Thanks for your answers/opinons.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2006
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    South San Ysidro, NM
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    Default Re: new queen question

    Sometimes a young queen will lay a bunch of drones initially. She should begin laying workers soon - if not replace her.

  3. #3
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    Sep 2006
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    Default Re: new queen question

    Ardilla, thanks, that is good to know. I will check her this weekend, after she has been laying for about 2 weeks. Maybe has started laying worker brood by now. I would like to hear some other opinions also, for those reading this.

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