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  1. #1
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    Default Queenless hives

    Have 3 hives from cutouts that were done last week. All three of these had very few new larva during the cut out and the brood cluster was very reduced compared to my only hive. Well to make a long story short either they were recently queenless or I missed the queen or she has completely stopped laying.

    One hive has 9+ queen cells, one has 3 or 4 and the last I didn't see any (which is the biggest). Drones numbers are really low, we had an early frost, golden rod has less than about 10% blooming (mostly mowed stuff that is really short trying to make seed before it is too cold), and we are appearing to be in a cooler cycle than normal for early winter.

    I have one other hive with a laying queen (cut out that produced their own queen) and they are really gentle. Should buy a queen or two (or 3) or let these queen cells ride to see if they make queens.

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    Default Re: Queenless hives

    Can you find queens to buy? I suppose someone down around the gulf might have some. Without decent numbers of drones, I wouldn't be very optimistic about the cells, but if that were my only option, I'd certainly give them a chance.

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    Default Re: Queenless hives

    If you have the option and the queens do not work out, combined the hive with another one, just a backup option, maybe your best option.. hard to say without seeing it.
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    Default Re: Queenless hives

    Thanks for the ideas, will keep the combine in mind if I cannot get enough queens.

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    Default Re: Queenless hives

    Pat, I am a 1st year keeper in Orange. Yesterday I saw quite a lot of drones making flights from my hives. Please update us on whether the queen cells hatch and get mated or not. I am very interested in your out come.

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    Default Re: Queenless hives

    Ronnie - Will do that. Thinking about making several 2 frame splits to see if I can raise several of these queens. I wish I had lots of drones here by my hives, maybe they are in the area.

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    Default Re: Queenless hives

    I would make the two or 3 frame nucs up and spread the cells between them. I have good luck mating queen cells every month except January in Florida. If they don't get mated, combine in 20 days and they will be fine. Then try again in February. Remember at your queens fly away and mate with other drones, not the drones I your hive.

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