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  1. #1
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    Default Top bar queen cells

    I noticed that after a good start this spring my hive numbers were going down, upon an inspection I found queen cells in the hive on the 5th of May. I thought there was one that was sealed so I went back in on the 12th but could not tell that a queen had hatched. I went back in on the 14th and took some pictures maybe you can help me out with what I am looking at.








    As you can see there are alot of cells and I only see 2 that are capped & the last photo I don't know if these are eggs or something else.

    Thanks for the advice

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    Default Re: Top bar queen cells

    It's hard to tell from the small pictures, but the fourth from the top looks like a hatched cell to me. Their numbers have dropped? When was the last time you saw the old queen? I suspect that this have may have already swarmed.

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    Default Re: Top bar queen cells

    I did not look for them to swarm they still had more then half the hive empty with empty bars so they were not out of room.
    I have never seen the queen in this hive I got it as a swarm last April and after a cross comb experience I left several bars crossed where the brood combs were and let them have time to get things straight.
    All the combs are now straight and of course now it does not seem as a queen is in the hive. I did not know if there would still be capped queen cells if one had hatched.

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    Default Re: Top bar queen cells

    Couple more questions on this.
    There seems to be around 10-12 cells total in this hive is that common for a hive only about half built out?
    I have a swarm from a couple weeks ago doing good, should I take a couple bars of brood and put in with this hive?

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    Default Re: Top bar queen cells

    Bump for answers

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    Default Re: Top bar queen cells

    If you want increase you could take a couple of bars of brood, some bees and a couple of those cells and make a new hive.
    Bill

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    Default Re: Top bar queen cells

    Quote Originally Posted by rtoney View Post
    Couple more questions on this.
    There seems to be around 10-12 cells total in this hive is that common for a hive only about half built out?
    I have a swarm from a couple weeks ago doing good, should I take a couple bars of brood and put in with this hive?
    I found around 14 ( I quit counting after that) in one of mine this spring. It only had about 14 combs total.
    Another hive had 10. They were gonna swarm no matter what I did.

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