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    Default Poorly mated queen?

    I got a mail order queen, it layed solid slabs of brood for a month, now there's just a single cell sealed here and there, saw one young larvae in whole hive today. I'm thinking maybe it only mated once and they shipped it off from the commercial bee yard, or it's gone, I Didn't see it.

    Video of it starts at about 2:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqm9fUka3DA
    Last edited by ifixoldhouses; 09-02-2019 at 07:12 PM.
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    Default Re: Poorly mated queen?

    Well I'm going to assume the queen is dead, just remembered the spotty brood was from some frames I put in earlier, I'll check it in a day or two and order a queen if need be.
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    Default Re: Poorly mated queen?

    Bummer. Around here its getting late to buy a mated queen, so think about combining if you have to. J

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    Default Re: Poorly mated queen?

    David at Baryard Bees down in GA typicaly has mated queens for sale well into October. The ones I have seen have been very prolific. For NC, they ought to do pretty well. Not sure that that I would bring one up to VT or any other northern area.
    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: Poorly mated queen?

    You can get queens any time from Hawaii, but is it to late to introduce one?

    https://www.ohbees.com/collections/big-island-queens
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    Default Re: Poorly mated queen?

    I jumped around on the video and it looks like the brood nest has a solid honey dome above it. How often do you check the hive? Signs I see tell me it swarmed almost 3 weeks ago and the last little bit of worker brood is emerging. If it did swarm, you'd see eggs in the next week or two, if it's successful mating.

    3 boxes of 8 frame with one frame removed from the top two makes for a small area for a good brood nest, even if one is a deep. I used to use 8 frames, but they are more apt to swarm even if you tower them up. Took me 5 medium boxes for brood just to make the queen happy to stay.

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    Glad to hear you found her! I’m wondering if your queen may have stopped laying due to nectar dearth. Is anything blooming in your area? We are having a nice fall flow here in NE Fl (hopefully Dorian won’t change that &#x1f91e, but I’m just curious since my Russian Bees tend to do the same thing

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    Golden rod is almost open
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    Default Re: Poorly mated queen?

    Looking like a new queen to me. Multiple eggs. Perfectly normal for a hive to have no eggs or brood.
    It is hard to design a safety net that some will not use as a hammock.

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    Default Re: Poorly mated queen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saltybee View Post
    Looking like a new queen to me. Multiple eggs. Perfectly normal for a hive to have no eggs or brood.
    Maybe Saskatraz has something to do with it? they made an intentional brood break or something? They have had feed on for months, trying to get comb drawn.
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