Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!
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    Default Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!

    Hey everyone, new to forum and need some advice.

    I have two Italian and one Russian colonies along with several other hives shared in the same yard.
    I noticed one of my Italian hives looked like it was getting slow so I did a hive inspection and found no queen, not many too many bees, and very little brood.
    I ordered a queen, and while I was waiting for her I noticed the hive was getting robbed. I did my best to stop it, but all the bees when I did the inspection must have been robber bees anyways.
    At this point I have an empty hive, besides the released queen and her workers.
    Is it worth transferring a couple brood frames from my healthy Italian colony in with her?

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    Default Re: Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!

    I had something similar a few weeks ago and here's what I did. I took a frame of brood and its bees from a different hive and used a 2"x 2" push in #8 screen cage over capped brood with queen, along with 2 other frames of brood and bees and put it in a different place in the yard. It's a small starter but I'm keeping an eye on it and it's doing ok. I don't know if you have these kinds of things handy to try something like this. I thought of doing what you describe here but I was too chicken that the bees from added hive would kill the queen. You have to have bees in the hive to take care of everything, not just brood and a few bees with a queen--if I'm understanding your question.
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    Default Re: Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!

    I would put the 2 brood frames with a food frame and the queen in a nuc box with a reduced entrance and evaluate the yard for mites.

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    Default Re: Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!

    I think you understand perfectly, I am just a bit in a hurry since she's been in there for about a week now, and I would need to gather materials and what not.

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    Default Re: Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!

    Quote Originally Posted by msl View Post
    I would put the 2 brood frames with a food frame and the queen in a nuc box with a reduced entrance and evaluate the yard for mites.
    SHould I do it with brood only, or with workers.
    Maybe retrap the queen in her cage?

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    Default Re: Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!

    See above, she needs the nurse bees as well as the brood.

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    Default Re: Queen and 5 workers, need advice quick please!

    Quote Originally Posted by John Davis View Post
    See above, she needs the nurse bees as well as the brood.
    OK, so last question, should I keep the queen loose, or should I try and re-trap her in the little cage she came in?

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