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  1. #1
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    Jul 2011
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    Bow, NH, USA
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    Default Has anyone seen this during requeening?

    I'm in the process of re-queening one of my hives. She's still in the box, and when I last checked on her, the bees in the hive had built some comb right in front of her box (in between the frames) about the same size and shape as the box. Is it my imagination, or are the workers *really* anxious to get this queen laying? Has anyone seen this before?

  2. #2
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    May 2011
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    Kingsville, OH
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    Default Re: Has anyone seen this during requeening?

    I saw this on a package,,I should say saw it in the package. You may have something to it. I had a swarm that built comb with in two days. The swarm built up new comb and within a very short time the queen was busy laying eggs, and she hasnt stopped yet.

  3. #3
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    Nov 2004
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    Brown County, IN
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    Default Re: Has anyone seen this during requeening?

    I've seen it a number of times. When you insert the queen cage between frames you violate bee space, and they start filling it with comb, using the queen cage as the starting point.

  4. #4
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    Nov 2011
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    Winhall, VT
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    Default Re: Has anyone seen this during requeening?

    Quite common. Give the bees space of any sort and they will fill it with comb. A good reason to use a push in introduction cage.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

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