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  1. #1
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    Default Buy a new queen or wait?

    The situation:

    I bought a nuc on May 10th. My next hive inspection on May 17th revealed that the hive had swarmed. Thankfully the bees left behind a capped queen cell. On the subsequent hive inspection on May 27th, I found the virgin queen crawling around. I figured all is well.

    It's now June 14th and the new queen has NOT laid a single egg. The queen has remained on one particular frame and always on the same side - at least every time I check in. The weather her in Asheville, NC has been fairly dry since she's hatched.

    The questions:

    How long do you wait for a queen to start laying? And, when she starts laying, what if she's just a drone layer?

  2. #2
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    Geneva, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: Buy a new queen or wait?

    I have been told she should be laying at 3 weeks, here is a link that might help

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Buy a new queen or wait?

    You don't say if she has room to lay, if they swarmed I'm assuming the broodnest was backfilled is it still ?

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Buy a new queen or wait?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harley Craig View Post
    You don't say if she has room to lay, if they swarmed I'm assuming the broodnest was backfilled is it still ?
    The workers have kept her a couple of frames to lay with honey and pollen on the outer edges and the middle empty.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Buy a new queen or wait?

    "How long do you wait for a queen to start laying?"
    You should see eggs and some small larvae by this weekend.

    "And, when she starts laying, what if she's just a drone layer?"
    Put in a frame with some eggs or very small, open brood, or requeen. Quickly.
    Last edited by Riverderwent; 06-16-2014 at 09:17 PM.
    Inscrutable little bugs.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Buy a new queen or wait?

    "How long do you wait for a queen to start laying?"
    You should see eggs and some small larvae by this weekend.

    "And, when she starts laying, what if she's just a drone layer?"
    Put in a frame of small, open brood (if you have it) or requeen. Quickly.
    Inscrutable little bugs.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Buy a new queen or wait?

    If you have a second hive, it's never a bad idea to give a hive a frame of eggs and open brood anytime you are not sure of it's status. The open brood will stave off laying workers, the young brood can be used to raise a queen if necessary and it won't interfere with a new virgin if there is one, nor cost you a lot of money and the life of a mated queen...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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