Purchased Laying Queens
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  1. #1
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    Default Purchased Laying Queens

    On 8/1 I made 6, 4 frame splits and inserted a purchased mated Carni queens in a cage in all 6. They were all out by the 15th when I checked and closed them up. Today I checked and 4 are laying and 2 zip. The non layers are just struting around. Any chance they might wake up and start laying or should I just pinch them and combine with the others or maybe boost one of my establisned hives? Thanks in advance for the advice.

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  3. #2
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    I am a first year bk but I have to ask, are you feeding? Hard to do splits in August with very little food coming in. Also, are the two hives full of bees? No foragers, no nectar, no new eggs. Just a thought.

    I have two queens coming 9/8 and I plan on feeding the splits as much as they will take for the first month.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Purchased Laying Queens

    Yes been feeding and there are foragers as the splits got 2 frames of capped and open brood 2 frames of nectar/honey/pollen. Just nothing from the new queens as there are no eggs. I guess I will give them another week before I pinch them and combine.

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    Default Re: Purchased Laying Queens

    may not have been bred......?

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    Default Re: Purchased Laying Queens

    How old was the brood in the laying hives, capped and open? May give an idea of how long they were caged before received.
    Started with stores, is that increasing, decreasing or holding even?
    I would think they would be spitting out drones if nothing else.
    Another frame of young brood might kick them over. More room for layers and prep for combine at least.
    It is not true that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.
    They can learn them, they just can't do them.

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    Default Re: Purchased Laying Queens

    Should be laying 1-3 days after being released is my experience with all queens I've received.

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    Default Re: Purchased Laying Queens

    Hickory Point Hollow: Probably, but what really concerns me is that the breeders that I purchased from are supposed to make sure they are properly laying before sending them.

    Salty Bee:Bringing in nectar have been for about a week the laying hives about 2/3 capped, and the rest open or eggs, open runs the gamut of age. No drones.
    I think I will try a frame of young brood maybe that will remind them of why they are here.

    JRG: Agree

    Thanks for everyone chiming in I will post what happens after the rain stops.

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