Hey All, been a couple of years since i have been on. Needless to say i still have one hive. Today I saw something I never have seen before. My current hive is a deep and 5 mediums. And they are SLAMMED in with that. I went purusing them today and most of the honey supers had drones, and most were a 50/50 drone to honey mixture. I pulled off box 6 and looked at 5 and BAM, queen cell, dead center of frame 5...interested, i dug further. in box 4, center of frame 6, a single capped queen cell. remember that there was a TON of drone and rone comb. Still a 60/40 honey to capped drone. Got down to box 3, started to see pattern brood, nice tight, capped as it should be, spotty drone and drone comb. Box 2 was like it should be with a single queen cell on frame 4, lots of capped brood. Got to the deep, first frame i pull, there she is in all her glory, butt in a cell. frame 5, dead center was another queen cell.
SO, this has me a bit puzzled. Like an idiot, I ran out of foundation and put starter strip on the upper boxes. These frames were fully drawn out(some messed up of course) but everything that was drawn was mostly drone comb....and drones.
Like i said, i am a bit puzzled. When i say this hive is strong, thats an understatment. Those of you that remember me, if any, know that i am not a beginner, was up to 25 hives at one point but i have never, ever had one this strong. Is there a chance that they are so big, that the queens pheremones are too weak to make it to the upper portion of the hive, therefore they had a laying worker. I have had a laying worker before(look up thread Pheremone reboot) and this is what it reminds me of......
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