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  1. #1
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    Default New package how soon should queen lay?

    Installed a new package 9 days ago. Checked three days ago and queen just out. Did a full check today and no brood. Have installed two packages before and seems like the queen was laying by now. How long should I wait before doing something? I have a one year old hive which is thriving well. Can I use that one to raise a new queen if need be? Or just order a new one?

    Today I thought I saw an open queen cell?? Is that possible this early without signs of any other laying?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    K

  2. #2
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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    should see eggs in the next couple of days...If you have plenty of eggs and young larva in the other hive, I would add a frame of eggs to the new package and see what they do.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    Caged queens can take a couple weeks to start laying if you were unfortunate enough to get one that was banked for a while or didn't get to lay long enough before being caged. If you do transfer eggs, you don't need to transfer bees with it. That way you won't be moving a queen. Of course moving eggs can lead to the othe colony thinking their queen is slacking and can get here superceded. So make sure there are lots of eggs before transferring any. I always release my queens after three days. They start laying faster that way.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    24 hrs. to 2 weeks after release.At 2weeks call your supplier for replacement or order another queen.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    And what happens if the queen is just laying drones.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    Call your supplier for replacement or order a new queen.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    Up to two weeks. That's good to know! I have a little time. Will keep watch. Thanks!

    K

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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    I have seen as long as two weeks. If she isn't laying in two weeks, she probably isn't going to be any good.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  9. #9
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    Default Re: New package how soon should queen lay?

    Thanks Michael. Going to check again tomorrow.

    I appreciate your website. You talked me into foundation-less

    K

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