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  1. #1
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    Default No Brood...All Honey

    Hello

    After checking my TBH today they are drawing comb OK; however; storing all honey it seems; NO Brood

    Waz up with that?

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    drop an empty bar or new empty comb if you have some into the front end of the hive near the entrance.

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeDatc View Post
    drop an empty bar or new empty comb if you have some into the front end of the hive near the entrance.
    Hummm that will be tough since my entrance is on the sides...

    Any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Snookie View Post
    Hummm that will be tough since my entrance is on the sides...

    Any other suggestions?

    Guess NOT lol

    Thanks

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Snookie View Post
    Hello

    After checking my TBH today they are drawing comb OK; however; storing all honey it seems; NO Brood

    Waz up with that?
    Absent queen. Your hive is queenless.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Absent queen. Your hive is queenless.
    Hummm Now that sound intresting...will they make another queen if I just wait?

    There are a fair amount of bee's in the hive:}

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    W/out eggs or very young larvae, no, they won't make a queen. But they will make honey. What else do they have to do?
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    You have basically done a cut down split, without the split. The bees have no brood to take care of so there is a honey storage and comb building party going on. Add a frame of eggs, add a queen or whatever you need to to get them back queen right.

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    I've got the same thing happening to both of my packages from early May. They both were superceding their queens. One appeared to have axed the old quickly. The other seemed to be letting the old queen go, but she petered out now. We're going to have to space out the brood nest some because she won't have a cell to lay in at this rate.

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Snookie View Post
    Hello

    After checking my TBH today they are drawing comb OK; however; storing all honey it seems; NO Brood

    Waz up with that?
    Did you do an inspection to look for your queen? And is she marked so you can spot her easily? You may or may not be queenless. Was this a package that you started this year or a split or an existing hive? If you have another TBH that you can steal a frame of eggs from, that would be great and hurt nothing. If you order new queen and the old one is still in there, you might be wasting your money when the bees kill the new queen. If they start to make queen cells from the bar of eggs, then you know what is going on and you have the option to let them continue making a new queen or at that point you can introduce a purchased one.

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by ruthiesbees View Post
    Did you do an inspection to look for your queen? And is she marked so you can spot her easily? You may or may not be queenless. Was this a package that you started this year or a split or an existing hive? If you have another TBH that you can steal a frame of eggs from, that would be great and hurt nothing. If you order new queen and the old one is still in there, you might be wasting your money when the bees kill the new queen. If they start to make queen cells from the bar of eggs, then you know what is going on and you have the option to let them continue making a new queen or at that point you can introduce a purchased one.
    I captured this swarm a little while back, I couldn't find the queen just assumed she was in the house lol

    My first year and I can't tell a queen from a king:}

    Well I guess I'll wait and see how they progress

    Thanks for the help

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Checked on them this morning...they all seem to still be there

    Happy 4th

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    I wouldn't wait and just hope it all works out. If there's no queen, you could end up with laying workers which is a b*tch to straighten out after the fact. If you're positive there are no eggs/larvae/capped brood, get a queen in there asap. Good luck! p.s. I liked your comment about not being able to tell a queen from a king...too funny. 8 )

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by Snookie View Post
    Checked on them this morning...they all seem to still be there

    Happy 4th
    Of course, where else would they be? They know where their home is just like you do. As long as you can get what you need why would you leave just because your queen is gone?
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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Of course, where else would they be? They know where their home is just like you do. As long as you can get what you need why would you leave just because your queen is gone?
    Like sqkcrk said, but why wouldnt you dig a little deeper and find out what the deal is, If they are hopelessly queenless you are just going to watch them die off in waves until they are gone.If you have a chance to save the hive why wouldnt you? G

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Seems like a combine would be the easiest thing for Snookie to do. Rather than trying to introduce a new queen or install a nuc or even frames of brood. Seems late in the season for a raise your own situation. Combining makes the most sense to me.

    Or, Snookie could just let them go the way they are going and harvest Lots and lots of honey. More than would be made by a combining.
    Mark Berninghausen #youmatter

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    Default Re: No Brood...All Honey

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Snookie could just let them go the way they are going and harvest Lots and lots of honey. More than would be made by a combining.
    Darn it son I like they way you think

    I was checking on them at 6am CST this morning and I believe I will just let them do their thang:}

    Try to find a queen in the mean time...

    Thanks for the reply!

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