Re: Queen given to laying workers
[QUOTE=Michael Bush;798836]Most of us who have been keeping bees a long time have tried almost everything to deal with laying workers one time or another. When we say it probably won't work it's not because of how it fits or doesn't fit your model of how you think it works, its because we have tried it and it didn't work...
Does it make a difference if the laying workers just started laying or if they have been at it for a long time? 5 days ago I noticed that one hive was queenless. I got my new queen for this hive and before putting her in I thought I'd double check and look carefully one more time for a queen and/or new eggs. The light conditions were not too good but I noticed eggs on the wall of the cells and there was no queen in the hive. I also saw two eggs (actually 2 and 1/2 eggs) in a queen cell cup... Will requeening at an early stage (4-5 days) of LW work? Or do you still recommend following the 3 week open brood frame strategy regardless of how long the workers have been laying? I dropped the new queen cage in last night but I could take her out before they get to her... I also need to mention that this is the strongest hive I got in my apiary...
Last edited by lcl; 05-17-2012 at 01:27 PM.
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