Re: Shake out for Laying worker
Hi Jmgi, in such a case there is always the possibility that it was not just laying workers, but that the hive contained an unmated virgin, or even what is sometimes called a "pseudoqueen", which is rare but happens when due to circumstances in the hive usually caused by us, the queen is not raised properly and does not fully develop, it's kind of 1/2 way between a worker and a queen. Such queens can remain in a hive for months and stymy all attempts to requeen, or to encourage cell raising.
Originally Posted by jmgi
They can also be hard to find or even detect if they are there or not, so a shakeout could help in such cases, but not every time.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).