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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
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    Issaquah,WA,USA
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    Default Queen on top bars

    I took my hives out of indoor storage first week of march. I quickly went through and found the deadouts. Anything with bee's in it were not. Weather was not letting me really open them. So I just identified which ones had bee's. I threw on some sugar for insurance (mountain camp method). Quickly peeked a week later and still same some building etc. Could not go through them because of rain. (been raining for months now harder then normal).

    So 2 weeks later I pop open hives and find just the queen wandering on the topbars. A few other girls but only 5-10. I have found about 6 out of 50 like this.

    So I took a frame of bee's and eggs from another hive caged the queen and created a nuc with the queen.

    I guess it could be all the bee's died off because she shut down over the winter or ???????

  2. #2
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    Jul 2010
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    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
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    Default Re: Queen on top bars

    How long was the broodless period?
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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