Re: No queen-what to do going into winter
i got a queen from a local larger operation. He was combining wearker colonies with stronger ones and i had a colony with no queen. I am doubtful that it will make the winter even if they accept the queen but i figured it was worth a shot as a hobbiest. My other hives are all strong and no reason to combine this hive in to any of them so figured i would give them a shot on their own. I had laying workers ( i think) and about 5 days ago i gave them a frame of brood from one of the other hives. I had heard this might help shut down the laying workers and when i went in today it seemed as it had as i was not able to find any eggs at all in it today. I put the cage in and the girls didn't seem to get excited about it. I figure i'll go in tomorrow and take a peak. If they aren't trying to ball the cage i'll poke a small hole in the candy, if they are balling it.... not sure where i'll go with it, seat of the pants at that time i guess.
not much help to you i guess other than to know someone else is in the same boat, that and i wanted to tag along this thread to see how you make out.