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    Default What is the least amount of bees you have seen turn into a strong colony?

    I have a observation hive with a fistfull of bees and a non laying queen. Is it even worth trying to requeen these girls?

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    Default Re: What is the least amount of bees you have seen turn into a strong colony?

    I have heard of people turning 50 bees and a queen cell into a thriving colony. However, it takes lots of work and I'm not sure if you could do it this late in the year.


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    Default Re: What is the least amount of bees you have seen turn into a strong colony?

    The problem is your non laying queen. I would combine them.
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    Default Re: What is the least amount of bees you have seen turn into a strong colony?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie B View Post
    The problem is your non laying queen. I would combine them.
    What if I purchased a new queen? Can bees be to old ( with a new bought queen) to start a colony. would they take care of the brood?

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    Default Re: What is the least amount of bees you have seen turn into a strong colony?

    They probably aren't too old to feed brood, although their royal jelly production might not be the best anymore, but I'm not sure if you could get them to raise enough brood before winter hits. I'm not sure if anyone sells queens this late in the year.


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    Default Re: What is the least amount of bees you have seen turn into a strong colony?

    I caught a swarm this year that was about the size of a tennis ball and they have done well, but I got a good queen with them, and added a couple of frames of brood with bees. Unless you have resources to draw from, that is not the same as your situation.
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