Texas queens and other updates
I installed 3 Texas queens in nucs last Wednesday. One Hive just about absconded due to beetles, the second hive let the queen out in a couple of days and she is laying well.
The third nuc gave me trouble this morning, It started off when I removed stores a brood from a larger hive, I found a queen being balled on the bottom board, the laying queen was on the frames doing her job, but the young queen was in a pile of bees on the bottom board. So I removed enough bees and brrod to make two nucs, I put the young queen in one and the texas queen in the other. They were placed a few feet apart on the same hive stand (big mistake) The evening of the split, there were tons of bees on the outside of both nuc's fanning their Nasoenov glands. I never really paid much attention (another mistake).
I was thinking that the young queen was probably not mated or would not mate but I wanted to give her a try. I was going to let her go until today to shee if she was laying but I did not have my hopes up. I took everything out to the hives with me in order to combine the hives if the young queen was not laying. To my surprise, the nuc was packed with bees, and the queen was laying like crazy. I watched her lay about a dozen eggs and could see the eggs in the cells! Good deal huh?
Well I opened the texas queen nuc beside of it and there might have been 100 bees in it tending to the texas queen who was still in the cage (the candy almos gone). So I hurridly snatched two frames of brood from a different hive and placed them in the texas queen nuc, then I swapped the location of the two nucs hoping to balance out some of the foragers.
On another note, the texas queens running around on the frames are a sight! They have long abdomens that are tiger striped, Honey brown and black. Every queen that I have every had, had not had striped on her abdomen...Man these queens look good. Now if they can just lay and survive as good as they look, I will be good to go.
"You have to put down the ducky if you wanna play the Saxophone!" Mr .Hoot