2 out of 3
Back on the 29th we checked my hives , found virgin queens in 3 of my hives and the 4th we left with 2 queen cells . This morning I checked , found 2 of the hives have laying queens now , the 3rd has no sign of a queen . So I pulled a frame from one of the other 2 that had some eggs and put that in the queenless hive . In another week I'll check that one and the one that had QC's on the 29th , one should have QC's and the other one a laying queen by
then . I guess that explains why that one hive has been so defensive , no queen and no chance of making one because there was no brood . I'm guessing she never made it back from her mating flights .
The one virgin queen AR Beekeeper took home was apparently killed by the nuc he tried to introduce it to . I guess we can't win 'em all . But hey , 2 of my hives now have mated queens , and as long as I have brood and bees I can keep on truckin' .
A question - the queenless hive has pretty much filled all the comb with syrup/nectar , would it be a good idea to add a second box ? A medium , since right now there's no chance of brood ? I want to keep brood in the deeps , honey in the mediums .
Retired wannabee Hillbilly Farmer in backwoods Arkansas
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