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  1. #1
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    Default queen bee found outside the hive

    Hi everyone,
    Today morning I noticed a queen bee on the ground in front of one my hives, she was sufuring from cold and her wings were gone !
    Should I check all the hives now for a queen presence?
    Why would the bees throw her outside ?
    Why she was allive but without wings?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    It is just a guess, but I would think, they have decided to supersede her.

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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    Probably supercedure.

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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    If the hive decides she isn't doing her job they just reach her ?

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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Genemiller View Post
    If the hive decides she isn't doing her job they just reach her ?
    Yup. Queen is a bit of a misnomer, she doesn't rule the hive. She's basically an egg laying slave. If she doesn't do her job and do it perfectly, the rest of the hive will kill and replace her without a second thought.
    Beekeeper since 2013. Read my bee blog at:
    http://harrisonbayhoney.blogspot.com

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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    After I found her, I picked her up and placed her on the top frames of the nearest hive, two worker bees started to
    Groom her but she was weak and didn't move, so I closed the hive and after one hour I oppend again but she wasn't there were I left it. I'll check that hive tomorrow to see if it stills there .

  7. #7
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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    You shouldn't have. You mentioned she did not have wings. That means she was already through the wringer when she got tossed out. She is damaged and bees do not keep damaged queens (nor damaged bees). She is probably gone.

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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    i have checked all of my hives today and none of them was queenless, they all had new laid eggs.
    now in Israel we have Autumn and the brood nest is expanding again after a hard dry hot summer.
    we have Inula and carob trees blossom on right now.
    the problem is that we have cold nights so if i would give them more frames to expand there will be a risk
    that some brood will not be covered by bees at night and will die from cold as it happened to me the last year.
    So the queen that i found on the ground in the past few days, was surely superseded by her colony, or it may come from another apiary.

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    Default Re: queen bee found outside the hive

    Quote Originally Posted by Sami Kassoum View Post
    i have checked all of my hives today and none of them was queenless, they all had new laid eggs.
    now in Israel we have Autumn and the brood nest is expanding again after a hard dry hot summer.
    we have Inula and carob trees blossom on right now.
    the problem is that we have cold nights so if i would give them more frames to expand there will be a risk
    that some brood will not be covered by bees at night and will die from cold as it happened to me the last year.
    So the queen that i found on the ground in the past few days, was surely superseded by her colony, or it may come from another apiary.
    In such a situation, it is best to provide empty frames on the sides of the brood nest or directly above it.

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