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    Sad Lack of pollen

    I have two hives and both seem to have wintered well(N.KY.) One hive is bringing in a lot of pollen. The other is bringing in zero. The one bringing in zero is also going through sugar water at a 20 to 1 rate to the other hive. Anybody know what's going on?

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    Default Re: Lack of pollen

    Quote Originally Posted by mhal420 View Post
    I have two hives and both seem to have wintered well(N.KY.) One hive is bringing in a lot of pollen. The other is bringing in zero. The one bringing in zero is also going through sugar water at a 20 to 1 rate to the other hive. Anybody know what's going on?
    You need to open them up and find out what they are doing. If they aren't bringing in pollen, it can mean they are broodless and may be queenless. You have to know what is going on if you want to keep bees.

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    Default Re: Lack of pollen

    Thanks Vance. That was one of my thoughts, but finding a queen can be a daunting task at times. I appreciate the input.

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    Default Re: Lack of pollen

    I'm thinking queenless also. Although, I KNOW one of my hives is queenless but they are still bringing in pollen.

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    Default Re: Lack of pollen

    Just opened the hive. I am queenless with no food reserves left. All frame comb is a very dark brown and totally empty. Question(s). Can these frames be re-used? I have a new, extra, queen coming this Friday.Ok til then? New frames? (which I have). Need help! Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Lack of pollen

    Requeen, reuse the comb. My hive has been queenless since last Sept. and still doing ok. You'll be fine.

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