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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    I've been having issues with this hive since day one. It's my only hive. I really wish that I would have started with two. I think it would have made things a lot easier. I did a hive inspection yesterday. I didn't see my queen and I didn't really notice any eggs, though I'm not that good at finding them yet. I did find some larvae that looked like they were just a few days old though. Last week during my inspection I had an ok number of capped worker cells and this week there doesn't really seem to be hardly any. This hive is 6 weeks old. This time around I taped the inspection so I could show you what I see when I'm looking at them, in the hopes that someone could help me better understand it. Many of the cells are filled with a clear liquid that I am assuming is the sugar syrup I've been giving them.


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    Default Re: Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    Looks like you have a drone layer going on there. A drone laying worker most likely. All of those cells sticking out from the comb like bullets are drones.

    I usually take one frame out and leave it out making manipulation of the remaining frames easier.

    What's the plate for? Water? Nice art work on the top. Did you paint that?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Looks like you have a drone layer going on there. A drone laying worker most likely. All of those cells sticking out from the comb like bullets are drones.

    I usually take one frame out and leave it out making manipulation of the remaining frames easier.

    What's the plate for? Water? Nice art work on the top. Did you paint that?
    I wish I had images of the last time I was in there. The last time I inspected, there was a lot more capped worker brood than there is this time. This time, there is practically none. I'm assuming they've all broken free by now. They were capped about 11 days ago. Is it possible that they've hatched and the queen just hasn't gotten back to laying again. As you can tell by the video, I don't really seem to have a lot of drawn comb at this point. So it seems like space is a hot commodity in this hive and there doesn't seem to be much room for laying right now. They have a lot of space filled with sugar syrup and pollen.

    The plate is for water. The bees seem to like dirty rain water over anything else I provide, so I leave the plate on there and when it rains it gives them a water source.

    The artwork was done by a friend who is an artist by trade.

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    Default Re: Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    I suspect you might know of Mike Thomas, he could be a possible source for frames of brood or possibly a queen...

    http://www.bjornapiaries.com/
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    Default Re: Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by TrvVn5 View Post
    This time, there is practically none. I'm assuming they've all broken free by now. They were capped about 11 days ago. Is it possible that they've hatched and the queen just hasn't gotten back to laying again. As you can tell by the video, I don't really seem to have a lot of drawn comb at this point. So it seems like space is a hot commodity in this hive and there doesn't seem to be much room for laying right now. They have a lot of space filled with sugar syrup and pollen.

    The queen doesn't really take a break from laying, unless there is no pollen and nectar coming in. Also, were there a need for more comb, the bees would build it. You have everything they need right there for them to do so, so there must not be any pressure for them to draw comb.

    what you see as a hot commodity because the cells are filled w/ pollen or nectar and not eggs and larvae is typical in a queenless/laying worker colony. There are more adult bees available to forage since they don't have to tend brood.

    I predict this hive will continue to decline once the older workers have died and the younger workers have become field bees.

    You need to buy a nuc and combine it w/ this colony or you won't have much of anything in about three to six weeks. Then wax moth will move in and destroy what comb you have. So, get crackin'.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    Thank you all for the replies. I'll have to get started on taking care of these ladies. They've been a bit of a problem from day one. I'll get started on getting them in line.

    I only know Mike by name, since I get his email updates from PennApic.

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    Default Re: Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    I would suggest you push the frames to the center instead of against one side, and definitely pull the first frame completely and put it aside when doing inspection. Then pull the next frame away from the others before removing it -- the way you were pulling the frames will roll lots of bees, and it's easy to squish the queen by doing so. It's easier, too.

    That first bit of smoke was all you needed, you would only need more if you have three or four boxes.

    Since you only have one hive, I agree, a nuc and a combine is probably the best thing to do. You do need to verify the presence of a queen (she's either gone or a drone layer) and replace her, either with a caged queen or a nuc. A caged queen will be very difficult to introduce to a laying worker hive.

    If you do have a queen, you can introduce a caged one after you pinch the one in the hive (the same day, get the new one first).

    I started with one hive, should have made my own equipment and bought two hives to start with, it's MUCH easier!

    Peter

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    Default Re: Anyone might be able to tell me what's going on with my hive?

    Your hive is very pretty. Anyone suggest getting a new queen?

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