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    Default multiple eggs in each cell?!

    I have recently captured a swarm which seems to be queenless. I have just noticed multiple eggs in each cell. Is it a sign of a layinf worker?

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    Default Re: multiple eggs in each cell?!

    Are the eggs on the bottom of the cell or on the cell wall? If the former, then it's a virgin queen. If the latter, it's a laying worker. Thery have shorter abdomens and can't usually reach the bottom of the cell.

    Either way, you don't have a viable/sustainable colony. Combine these bees w/ a strong well established colony. Anything else could be a waist of time and resources.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: multiple eggs in each cell?!

    If it turns out to be a virgin give her time to get sorted out. She just learning!
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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    Default Re: multiple eggs in each cell?!

    Keth, a virgin laying as much as this one is, isn't likely to fly for mating. I would think. Hive tool test time.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: multiple eggs in each cell?!

    Thanks for advice - what is hive tool test?

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    Default Re: multiple eggs in each cell?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Tip Top View Post
    - what is hive tool test?
    Push on queen until either the hive tool bends or the queen does.

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