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  1. #1
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    Default Why isn't my Queen laying?

    I installed a new queen to a over-wintered package and I see the queen every time time I open the hive. THe box is full of bees but no eggs or larva or capped brood. What is happening?

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    How long has she been installed?

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    a couple weeks now

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    That should be plenty of time for her to be laying. I would call whoever you got her from and ask if they might replace her.

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    I called her, and she doesn't have them. They were from Australia. What should I do?

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    See if you can get another one locally. If you find one locally pinch the old one, wait at least 24 hours and then put the new one in. Let them release her though or they might not accept her.

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    Personally I would just take a frame of eggs from your other hive and see if it will prompt her to start laying herself. If not in another week, kill the queen and add another frame of eggs and see if your girls will make their own queen.
    And I don't think it's ever to late to mate. Queens get hatched even in sept and as long as there are drones to mate with then all should be good. Heck, she might have just got back from a mating trip.

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    New queens are coming may 5, is that too late.

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    Default Re: Why isn't my Queen laying?

    Some of the early banked queens take two weeks to start laying...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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