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  1. #1
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    Default Hive with no queen, what to do?

    I have two hives. Both have been robbed a few times in the past couple weeks. I finally got that stopped. I inspected both hives today, one is doing awesome, the other is nothing but honey and lots of bees. It is a brood box full of honey, and a super full of honey. No pollen, no brood and no queen. Now this hive looked good two weeks ago, I assume the queen was killed during all the robbing. What should I do? Do I order a new queen? Where do I get one from if so? Everywhere I looked online was sold out.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Default Re: Hive with no queen, what to do?

    Combine the two hives. Good for you for having two hives!
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: Hive with no queen, what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Dewey View Post
    Combine the two hives. Good for you for having two hives!
    Well that sucks (or so it seems). Is there not a way to add a queen to the second hive? It seems two would be better than one, correct?

    If I combine them, how would I do so? Thanks and sorry for the beginner questions.

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    Default Re: Hive with no queen, what to do?

    Combining is covered in detail in most beginner bee books. Remember beekeeping is a form of agriculture and you should be mentally prepared for losses. Combining has been covered here on BeeSource many times and a quick search should find lots of discussion.

    In a nutshell, get the bees in the queenless hive into 1 brood box (be sure they are queenless and that the queen hasn't merely shutdown brood production) and place the queenless bees on top of the upper box of the queenrite hive, with a sheet of newspaper in between them. Not much to it. Read up on doing splits in the spring to get back to two colonies.
    Master Beekeeper (EAS) and Master Gardener (U Maine CE) www.beeberrywoods.com

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    Default Re: Hive with no queen, what to do?

    BOSCO:

    Check out www.Beeweaver.com They're apparently selling queens, plus I just ordered packages for Spring.

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    Default Re: Hive with no queen, what to do?

    It looks to me as though Beeweaver is taking orders for 2013, not selling queens for immediate delivery. But it is possible that Beesource member Joseph Clemens has queens available at this time. I suggest sending him a PM and asking.
    Graham
    USDA Zone 7A Elevation 1400 ft

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    Default Re: Hive with no queen, what to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Dewey View Post
    Combining is covered in detail in most beginner bee books. Remember beekeeping is a form of agriculture and you should be mentally prepared for losses. Combining has been covered here on BeeSource many times and a quick search should find lots of discussion.

    In a nutshell, get the bees in the queenless hive into 1 brood box (be sure they are queenless and that the queen hasn't merely shutdown brood production) and place the queenless bees on top of the upper box of the queenrite hive, with a sheet of newspaper in between them. Not much to it. Read up on doing splits in the spring to get back to two colonies.
    Thanks Andrew. Lots of reading to do!

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