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  1. #1
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    May 2009
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    Default No Brood - Only Honey!

    I have 3 top bar hives.

    I was out of country for a few weeks.

    Neighbors let me know several swarms while I was away.

    Last weekend, I opened one hive and saw brood and found the queen.

    Just checked on them this afternoon.

    Every bar in all three hives is full of honey. No brood. I did not spend time looking for the queens.

    I added a few bars in each of the brood area today.

    Do I need to more thoroughly look for queens?

    Do I need to remove the comb that has honey in it in the brood section and replace with empty bars?

    Any idea what is going on and what I need to do?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    Wow every bar? How long are your hives? I would check for queens and put several bars to build up a broodnest section again, never seen bees do this on a large hive before.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    Hives are 4' long

  4. #4
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    Default Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    sounds like you need to harvest some honey!

  5. #5
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    Default Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    were there any queen cells? those swarms were proably out of your hives. it takes time for a virgin queen to harden,mate,and start laying

  6. #6
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    Default Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    But with every cell with honey, where would a queen lay?

    On a top bar hive, if they place honey in what was previously brood, how does that affect the taste/quality of the honey? Remember...with a TBH, the wax is crushed, so alot of what is in the wax gets in the honey.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    Just kidding here.

    It will taste like bee butts and elbows.

  8. #8
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: No Brood - Only Honey!

    From the time they swarm to having a laying queen is typically three weeks. A frame of brood is good insurance.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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