Newbie question about queen movement throughout the hive
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Pleasant Ridge, MIchigan
    Posts
    3

    Default Newbie question about queen movement throughout the hive

    Hello Folks,

    Thanks in advance for your patience with a new beekeeper's questions.

    I am wondering how much a queen moves throughout the hive. Does she stick to one frame until it is filled with brood? Does she move up and down the brood boxes much? Back and forth?

    Mostly I am asking because I have started an observation hive, and am still trying to figure out how to manage it.

    Dave

  2. Remove Advertisements
    BeeSource.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    addison,maine,USA
    Posts
    122

    Default Re: Newbie question about queen movement throughout the hive

    Hey Dave
    In my Experience the Queen will explore the entire brood area often and daily, looking for what cells are appropriate for eggs. She will concentrate on frame areas perhaps where there is the most need.
    My best answer to new ObH owners who are concerned about the choice between a single-wide Hive and a double-wide hive and the ability to always see the Queen, in that she might hide between frames, is that that is a mute question. She'l be everywhere daily, exploring. Also, it also sorta depends on what cells get cleaned, that's up to maintenance Bees. Anyway I've had many, double-wide ObH Hives and I've always been able to see the Queen, daily.

    Watching your Colony is going to be amazing, it'l be an intimate relationship with your Colony and Nature.
    Mark
    Bonterra Bees

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
    Posts
    53,768

    Default Re: Newbie question about queen movement throughout the hive

    You often find the same age larvae on multiple frames sometimes quite a ways from each other. When you are talking about just hatched larvae they were all laid within a few hours of each other...

    I've found the queen (rarely) in the supers at the top in fact have removed her accidentally when she was clinging to the inner cover or a hive top feeder. Rare, again, but I've had it happen. The queen goes all over the hive.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Pleasant Ridge, MIchigan
    Posts
    3

    Default Re: Newbie question about queen movement throughout the hive

    Thanks guys, very helpful.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •