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  1. #1
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    Default Queen-less Hive?

    I installed a package 8 days ago. I used frames from last years hive (died in Apr). I just checked the Hive and I don't see any brood.Is it still
    too soon to tell or did they kill the Queen. All I saw was nectar/honey in most of the frames. Thanks in advanced for any info.

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    Did you let the bees release her from the cage? If so 8 days may be a liitle soon to see brood. Could be eggs but they are hard to see. This time last week I thought that one of my hives was queenless. Checked again on Friday and found open brood. I would not worry too much and check again in a week.

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    Thanks, I checked and she was released. I will give it another week and check again.

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    I have seen package queens take two weeks to start laying sometimes...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    If you're still feeding you could be filling up all the places the queen has the chance to lay. But yes, bit early.

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    Wild Bill............Did you find evidence of a laying queen?

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    I have seen package queens take two weeks to start laying sometimes...
    . Do you know why that is and have you seen it with purchased queens had a purchased queen take about that long once released but now she is laying up a storm

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    > Do you know why that is and have you seen it with purchased queens had a purchased queen take about that long once released but now she is laying up a storm

    I have experimented some because I assumed it was because they were banked too long. After banking queens for as much as six months and they would still start laying almost immediately, I have to wonder if they were banked too SOON (like right after they mated) or if they were virgins.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Queen-less Hive?

    I checked again and and found small but dense section of capped brood. It looks like she is indeed laying. Thanks for the responses!!

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