Take a look at this queen and tell me what you think
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  1. #1
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    Default Take a look at this queen and tell me what you think

    Is this a virgin queen with Deformed Wing Virus? Or chewed wings? She should have been laying by now, but when I found her looking like this it was pretty obvious why I wasn't finding any eggs. No way she got mated looking like this.

    What do you guys with a bit more queen rearing knowledge say about her?

    Thank you,

    Chazman
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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Take a look at this queen and tell me what you think

    DWV or the cell was disturbed during wing formation.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Take a look at this queen and tell me what you think

    You're right she's a virgin with Deformed Wing Virus. If you don't have high mite counts then what JRG13 said.

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Take a look at this queen and tell me what you think

    Sad to see that.
    Beekeeping 6 Years - 12 production hives and about 12 nucs - Treatment OAV Only

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Take a look at this queen and tell me what you think

    This virgin queen never went out to mate, but if left in a hive, she will start laying eggs..... drone eggs.

  7. #6
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    Default Re: Take a look at this queen and tell me what you think

    All of the Above is spot ON! particularly E spice. If it was a damaged cell My heart goes out to you. Usually though I find that queens from damaged cells are unable to defend themselves well and succumb to healthy virgin queens. The sad part is if DWV be the culprit it is preventable in most cases.

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