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  1. #1
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    Apr 2012
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    Yamaguchi Ken Japan
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    Default I have a laying queen but......?

    Apparently, I have a laying queen. I hope its not a laying worker. I am certain that my Aussie (Italian) queen was released April 20. Today is May 6th. All the advice I was told was to wait two weeks and see. Due to my inexperience, I was unable to see the eggs the queen laid but now they are clearly visible as larva. I'm very excited. However, I noticed a least 3 queen cells which are uncapped at the moment but do have larva. The biggest one is almost in the middle of the picture. Here are my questions:

    1. Why are the bees making a new queen? Do they think that the Aussie import queen is not healthy in some way?

    2. I only have two frames in this hive. One is honey and one is brood. There are many bees on the 2 frames. Should I let them swarm and try to catch the swarm.

    3. Should I eliminate these queen cells ASAP?

    4. Is my enthusiasm warranted or do I have a laying worker laying drones?
    I have enclosed a picture of the brood frame for reference.

    qncels562012.jpg

  2. #2
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    Feb 2003
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    Lake county, Indiana 46408-4109
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    Default Re: I have a laying queen but......?

    Do they think that the Aussie import queen is not healthy in some way?
    Probably

    Should I let them swarm and try to catch the swarm.
    They probably will not swarm with that few bees but-----

    3. Should I eliminate these queen cells ASAP?
    NO
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
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    central mn
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    Default Re: I have a laying queen but......?

    you have more then a total of 2 frames ,right ?? you mean the bees are only on 2 frames but there are more frames ??? if not put more in because even with 2 frames and no place to expand to ,, they will feel crowded and ether take off or swarm

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
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    Auburntown, TN USA
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    Default Re: I have a laying queen but......?

    It sounds and looks like a supercedure instead of a swarm. The bees sense something amiss with their queen and have decided to replace her. I would let them.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
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    Yamaguchi Ken Japan
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    Default Re: I have a laying queen but......?

    The hive that I have the bees in is a Tanzanian TBH. I've been trying to get the bees to draw comb on Top Bars placed next to the frames. They did draw a nice little comb on one of the top bars but they are not using it because I think it too far away from the brood frame. Anyway, I need to get some consistency going in this hive so I just ordered 10 standard Langstroth deep frames with foundation. As soon as I get them I'll put a couple in the hive and wait and see what they do.

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