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  1. #1
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    Default Help - Queen was outside hive

    Hi,

    I am a newbie beekeeper, 1st year. This afternoon I went out to my hive to observe the bees and saw the queen outside the hive surrounded by her attendants. I left for an hour or so and when I went back they were gone. Does the queen ever leave the hive? Did she return to the hive? Can anyone suggest what may have happened or is happening??

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    Did you look for her in the hive?

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Grizz270 View Post
    Did you look for her in the hive?
    No, that will be my next step over the weekend.

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    Is it a laying queen or a virgin? If a virgin, she was probably getting ready to fly for mating. If she was already laying...Maybe prepping to swarm?

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    Almost all of my new bees hit the road, leaving the virgin queen and about 50 bees to survive, she won't leave, threw in a drone or two to help things out, now they just hang out.
    Would I throw a nuc with eggs to help things out? There is plenty of food honey and drawn comb for them. I also have a 1 to 1 sugar water inside the hive.

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    Quote Originally Posted by NewJoe View Post
    Is it a laying queen or a virgin? If a virgin, she was probably getting ready to fly for mating. If she was already laying...Maybe prepping to swarm?
    I believe it was the laying queen. It is a new package and they have not even drawn out all the comb yet. The first box is not nearly full, so I don't think they are preparing to swarm. (?)

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    if it was a laying queen....I would be concerned.

    why she is walking around outside...I don't know, with a new install maybe she hasn't made up her mind if she likes the new home yet. The only way to really know now is to give them a few days and then check to see if she is there.

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    If it's a new package I suspect it's the virgin (supercedure) queen on her mating flight.

    I have read other beek seeing their queen outside the hive sunning herself for a few min then go back in.

    I would wait a week+, anything that is happening right now the bees should have eggs/larva they can correct the problem. If there is a new queen getting ready to lay you will just disturb her, crush her, make her fly off... And if you don't find her she may just be on a mating flight.

    In a week+ what you will be looking for is new eggs, young larva, queen cells, or a queen. Depending on what you find will tell the story of what happened. I believe you will find eggs and larva.

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    Default Re: Help - Queen was outside hive

    Ok. Thanks for all the suggedtions
    I will wait a week or so before i disturb them.

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