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    I got a package of buckfast bees nearly a month ago. They killed the first queen...I found her body about 10 yards from the hive. I got another queen, thinking that the first one was killed because she had clipped wings. Second queen also killed (found her body dumped just outside the hive). I believe the reason for all the queen rejections is because I had laying workers. Take a look at the pics...all the capped brood appear to be drone brood.

    I have another package (3# Italians) coming on June 4th. My thought is to remove the bars...walk out into the woods behind my home and brush all the bees off, returning the bars with comb (hopefully still intact) and do a newspaper combine with the new hive. Does this seem a reasonable course of action?

    Last edited by kathygibson; 05-24-2010 at 11:16 AM. Reason: pics

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