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  1. #1
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    Default numbers are low, not sure about queen?

    Check one of my hives last week (this is a hive that was a small swarm and I've always been able to spot the queen) numbers looked a little low and could not find the queen. Also, I had put a frame from another hive, that had brood and larva, into the small hive. Checked it today thinking I would see a queen cell started, nope. The brood is hatching, but still didn't see the queen or any eggs. Bees are flying a little, but pollen only being brought in once in great while. Any ideas would be helpfull.I also have a blog with some photos I added last night, please feel free to look if you'd like.
    http://queenbee3074.blogspot.com/

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    Default Re: numbers are low, not sure about queen?

    Do you still have cold weather??
    I would say the bees no what they are doing as far as the frame you gave them
    If they made no q-cells they need none.
    Could it be that they swarmed? This would account for so little numbers
    Could they have superseded, she is still mating,why you saw no eggs brood
    I did not see the photo you mention

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    Default Re: numbers are low, not sure about queen?

    Tommyt, we have had a few warm days(70), but also some rain and last night down to (34). I don't think they swarmed, could have superseded. A few weeks back there was what I thought was supercedure cells. When I checked a week or so later they were opened up, but could not find queen. No drones seen yet. Thanks

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    Default Re: numbers are low, not sure about queen?

    You say no drones seen yet
    Is that,This hive? Or is there no drones in your area as of yet
    I would think you may have a new queen
    I'd give it time

    Plus with me posting your post goes BTTT
    Maybe others will jump in for support

  5. #5
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    Default Re: numbers are low, not sure about queen?

    I have not seen drones in either of my hives and I don't really know other beekeepers in my area, so not sure about activity of drones around here. I'm wondering about a new queen after you asked about supersedure cells. Maybe she looks enough different from the one I had seen, that I just can't spot her. Thanks for your help

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