I have 5 hives, 4 of which were Hygenic bred queens. Of those 4, 3 failed to sucessfully raise a new laying queen for the hive, they all generated several to many queen cells.
The 5th hive was a ferral colony, and they did not miss a beat after swarm and generated a new laying queen.
So a 75% failure rate for the hygenic queens. No unusual conditions in the area.
Could this be the result of the genetics of these queens?
Anybody see similar results with "bred" queens?