I guess a queen wont cross pollen/honey after all?
I moved my one queen right hive (fresh tiny swarm from my hive) from a nuc into a single 10 frame deep. It had about 3 full frames of bees. I also combined another small less populated hive with them as well. I checked a day after to see how everything went and if the queen was still alive and she was, but she had laid 5-6 or more eggs per cell in a small little area about the size of an open hand. I thought no problem, probably a freshly mated virgin queen or something and the house bees will clean up the cells. I checked back again a few days later and again, queen on the same frame and multiple eggs per cell, including a couple freshly hatched larvae per cell in some cells!! Now this got me curious and I figured I would see what happens next. Well, I checked again yesterday really quick and again, multiple eggs but only one larva per cell. As I am holding the same frame that the queen has been on for a week I realise that instead of putting the pollen/honey side towards the outside of the box I put her against the box and the pollen to the inside!! Now im no expert, but I thought she might climb over the top bars or something to get to the other frames of drawn comb with bees, but I imagine that the honey/pollen blocked her!!
I turned the frame and will see what happens next!
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