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    Default multiple eggs

    i did a split a few weeks back and today found my new queen. I also found multiple eggs in what appears to be drone cone cells. My question is do I have a laying worker or is my queen not mated correctly? there is lots of room in the nuc for more eggs to be laid. how long does it take the new queen to settle in and start going? I have 5 frames fully drawn but the eggs were confined to one small area on one frame and like i said it appears to be drone comb I would call it burr comb really. its in the middle of new foundation and looks like someone just cut a piece and stuck it on there. If its a laying worker why are the other frames not holding eggs? some cells have single eggs and they appear to be in the middle but some have maybe 5 eggs in them. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    I'm far from an expert, just going into my second year, but multiple eggs in one cell from what I have read is bad news. I have read good queens lay eggs with precision. But myself, I have no experience with laying workers.

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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    I'm just guessing but perhaps the laying worker will settle down here soon when the queen lays some more and things get situated more. If the new queen is laying a nice bunch of single eggs and things seem normal I think the laying workers is supposed to stop. They may have started laying if the colony was queenless for too long. I have only had laying workers if the queen was not in place. If the queen is in and laying I think they are supposed to stop. Are the attendants gathering around her like they normally do? If so I would take that as a good sign. Hopefully some other folks that have had a similar situation occur will respond as well. Is there enough emerging brood in the split? If it is not stocked up and you can afford to add another frame of brood that might be beneficial as well. Good Question, Good Luck!!!

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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    new queen will lay multiple eggs and in no specific pattern give her some time to get laying right

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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    Jeff it sounds like you have a laying worker. Are some of the multiple eggs in the cells stuck on the side of the cell? That usually results from a short body that can't get eggs to the bottom. If you have a properly mated queen, you shouldn't have a laying worker. The pheromones are supposed to suppress the workers. The eggs laid in drone comb is not neccessarily a bad thing if the nuc is strong. If the brood in worker cells all are domed up it will mean your new queen is definately shooting blanks.

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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    If she's a new young queen sometimes it takes them a bit to control their laying causing multiple eggs in a cell. Let her lay up a frame or so and she should have the hang of it.


    Now that I went back and Vance's post his descriptions of what to look for are spot on.
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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    I'm assuming you let the bees make a queen for you........Your split, done at least 28 days ago (?) - 28 days is the minimum time from egg to a 'new queen' laying-, makes me wonder if you have/had enough drones flying to mate with your virgin queen. No drones flying = drone laying queen. Hope I'm wrong here. I have drone brood but have only seen a couple drones this week, didn't see any last week. I live in Hood county, just East of you in Erath County.
    LeeB
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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    ah local bee keeper glad your here I have multiple drones in my hive but flying..... not really sure. I did the split on 23 rd and found queen cells starting 26th

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    Default Re: multiple eggs

    They are all laid on one frame ( outer edge of the box) but nothing in the brood area ( center of the hive) how long before the queen starts laying right? why did she start with drone? is she not mated? The queen was actually located on another frame moving around with all the other bees I have no more brood emerging they have all hatched waiting on the queen to be born. do I need to add more so they can take care of the eggs or will the workers take care of that? they seem to be active coming and going with polen and even have a little honey stored up

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