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  1. #1
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    Default Queen laying pattern

    Do the workers (the hive mind if you will) control where the Queen lays her eggs? One hive of mine already has a few drones flying on the 1st of March. Who decided that these were needed? Any reference I can turn to ?
    I often read of "a good laying pattern" is this decided by the Queen? Just asking...
    Julysun elevation 23 feet. 4 Hives, 2 years.

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    Default Re: Queen laying pattern

    The queen will only lay eggs in cells that the workers have cleaned for her.
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    Default Re: Queen laying pattern

    I'm not sure if I have answer your question here.
    From my observation, the queen will lay anywhere that the bees can cover to avoid the chill broods.
    If there isn't enough cell space then the queen will wait for the broods to emerge rather than laying
    somewhere else. Makes sense though to ensure they all survive. So I think both queen and workers
    influenced each others just like people do in a community living. If the workers leave lots of room in the
    middle of the frame then the queen will lay a solid pattern if you have a good queen. Sometimes after the
    broods hatched she quickly went in to lay more eggs after the cells are all clean up. With so many nursing bees
    very often these cells are clean up ahead of time in preparation for later use. But when the workers
    filled up the middle frame with nectar and pollen then the queen has no space to lay. Then she will find and deposit her eggs on the outer edge of the frame also as long as there is an empty cell on the frame. Knowing this I put her on a new drawn out frame for her to lay but next to the brood frame. I have done this last weekend so have to check back on this weekend to see if she lay there or not. And then the workers have to back fill with nectar and pollen on the outer edge of the frame later on. How fun to see this can be done when the hive is booming. I would not do this when it is still cold though. So who influence whom? They both do!
    In the beginning it was the queen that control everything because there are many available cell space to work with.

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    Default Re: Queen laying pattern

    As far as Drone VS worker that is determined by the size of the cell the workers produce. If you watch a queen laying the first thing she does is stick her head and front legs into the potential cell one thing she is doing is measuring the cell size to determine the proper egg to lay. I think the workers decide what size cell to make, the queen just fills them.
    Mike Forbes
    Red Dirt Apiaries

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    Default Re: Queen laying pattern

    if populations are good and food stores plentiful going into winter.the bees will let some drones over winter my strong hives have drones that wintered over.when you think u figured out all about honeybees they will always stump you.lol

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    Default Re: Queen laying pattern

    I don't have any special material for your reference. Many are my own observation of my bee hive. It is fun to learn from them too. I am just a beekeeper and beekeeping is my hobby. Yes, the queen decide how she lay her eggs. The workers just allow her to lay to keep the population up. A good queen will lay a solid pattern of broods at the center of the frame. At the outer edge of the frame after the broods is pollen follow by sealed honey at the top corners. A bad queen is one who does not lay a solid pattern. Then you will see many empty cells that does not have the sealed broods in them. So you may find many empty cells without egg.
    So no, the workers does not control where the queen lay her eggs. Although they tried to influence her by fighting for cell space. The forager worker's job is to collect nectar and pollen. Older forager bee can also be revert back to being a nurse bee too in my observation. The nurse bees job is to keep things neat and tidy inside the hive as well to make sure everything is running smoothly like feeding and cleaning, etc.
    Like other said, the workers are the one who decide whether or not the drones are needed to reserve resources in the winter time inside the hive. The workers are also responsible for dragging out the weaker alive and dead bees. Sometimes they would kill a new queen if they are not willing to accept her. I supposed this is nature's way at its best to manage order inside the bee hive.

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