Re: Queenless hives
Got off a little early from work and made it home before dark and the chill. It was about 68 degrees so I threw on the hood and took a look.
My hive that made all the queen cells originally, I think it raised a drone layer or I have a worker layer. Was looking at it and said WOW there are capped brood, then I realized the brood are pop corn looking and there are quite a few drones in there. Brood are all scattered out. Not much in the ways of stores left either. And it had quite a bit of honey, but about 3/4 of the frames are empty. I was worried about not having any frames in the spring for expansion. Well I might just let this one go it's course to die out and I will have about 10 empty or partly empty frames in the spring to put on the other hives.
The hive that I moved a few queen cells to, it has some small patches of brood that don't look to be drone brood, and I saw (WAHOO) eggs for the first time in my hives today. Single egg per cell but clustered in areas the size of a credit card. Guess I got a poorly breed queen, but that is better than not having one.
The largest hive that I tried to add cell punch method to, well it is still well stocked with bees, they have lots of honey and they are stacking in the pollen. I don't know where it is coming from but darn that thing is about filled with pollen and honey. Have several frames that are about 1/2 pollen. Plus they are making comb???? They have a few older brood still that I added from my one good hive and they are all about hatched out. I am off on Thursday and will look really closely for eggs or a queen. Thinking I will do a combine with my one good hive with this one.
Well my cell punch attempt didn't work really well but the experience makes me want to try again. Come on March.
Started 9/13, building slowly, not trying the no treatment anymore