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  1. #1
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    Mar 2012
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    Preston county, WV
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    Question How do I deal with a laying worker???

    This hive swarmed 6 weeks ago and the swarm is doing great... But there appears to be no queen in the hive that they vacated and a large percentage of the remaining bees are drones and most if not all brood is drone brood... I suspect a laying worker... What do I do from here???

  2. #2
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    Denver, Colorado
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    Default Re: How do I deal with a laying worker???

    Probably the easiest thing to do is shake them out and unite it with the swarm. It's not necessarily true that the laying workers will not be able to find their way back, but it will throw things off.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

  3. #3
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    Calvert, Md,USA
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    Default Re: How do I deal with a laying worker???

    If they are to that point, I suspect the resources are robbed out by now. Solomons advice is the way I would go. I normally try to salvage any resources. The thing now is to keep SHB and or wax moths from damaging your comb. Freezer, PDB, or put them on a strong hive.

  4. #4
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: How do I deal with a laying worker???

    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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