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    Default Queen question?

    New beek here. My hive had 3 supercede cells about three four weeks ago.I did an inspection this afternoon, found the queen.She was moving kind of slowly and as I was watching her , she had layed double eggs in a couple of cells. The question is ,is that a new queen or the old queen. Thank you .

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    Default Re: Queen question?

    Or. was it a queen at all?

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    It was the queen. I no the queen from from worker,but thanks for throught.

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    I am new also, four years. I have not heard of this. Hopefully a more experienced beekeeper will join in.

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    Im real new, like this year, a lot of reading and still dont no anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keswickb View Post
    Im real new, like this year, a lot of reading and still dont no anything.
    The more you learn the more you realized what you don't know.

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    Default Re: Queen question?

    I think the point Ern was getting at was when a queen is weak, workers can start laying. Multiple eggs per cell is a sign of a laying worker. You sure it was the queen?

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    Yes Im sure, she is the bigest bee in hive with big rear end.

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    Default Re: Queen question?

    Were the supercedure cells empty? (Should have been by now.) New queens can take awhile to get their laying pattern down. Some never quite get it right and end up being replaced themselves. Give her a week or so and you should hopefully be seeing good laying patterns. Then again, perhaps she just gets nervous when there is an audience.

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    Default Re: Queen question?

    From what I understand, when a new queen in newly mated, she often will lay multiple eggs in single cells, and do odd things for a bit until she get's into the groove. It's common and sounds like there's nothing to worry about.

    Adam

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    Many times young queens will lay multiple eggs per cell -- they usually get better as they age. Also, queens sometimes lay multiple eggs per cell when their egg laying area is abruptly reduced.
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    Default Re: Queen question?

    Thanks,the girls had three supercedure cells in middle of frame. The old queen wasnt laiding good.I read some where that sometimes there will be two queens in hive , the old and the new queen.I did find a Q cup with egg in it .

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