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  1. #1
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    Default Do Queens lay eggs in the winter?

    That's basically my question. I know the workers live a longer period of time from fall until Spring, but are there any new workers born during the winter to make up for all of the winter loss, which I have experienced quite a bit. I have had a considerable part of my hive die off, but did see a decent number out for a cleaning fly today when the temps were in the upper 40's in the sun.

    Anyway, my question remains, does the Queen lay any eggs throughout the winter?

    Thanks for any experienced replies.

    Sincerely,

    Larry

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    Default Re: Do Queens lay eggs in the winter?

    I read somewhere that yes, they do, in very small batches to keep up numbers. Can't think of the reference just now. -js

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    Default Re: Do Queens lay eggs in the winter?

    Nope, queens lay eggs in cells. And in my region queens lay eggs during most every time of the year, including Winter.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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    Default Re: Do Queens lay eggs in the winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    Nope, queens lay eggs in cells. And in my region queens lay eggs during most every time of the year, including Winter.
    You had me there for a minute, JC. -js

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    Default Re: Do Queens lay eggs in the winter?

    Usually shortly after the winter solstice (around Christmas) they will start to lay little batches in my climate. After that batch emerges, they will take a break and then start another batch.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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