Queenless and broodless hive, need help
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    Default Queenless and broodless hive, need help

    I am in central Mississippi and have a few hives, all seem to be doing well except for one. I tried to re-queen it twice and they rejected the new queen. There is a lot of nectar in the brood box and a lot of bees, but I know they will dwindle away without some new brood. The golden rod hasn't really started blooming here too much yet. I was thinking of adding a frame of capped brood as well as some larvae, and introduce a new queen to get it going again. From all I have read, the fall honey flow should be enough to help get this hive back in shape. Does this sound like a good move?

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    Default Re: Queenless and broodless hive, need help

    Quote Originally Posted by Redrooster19 View Post
    I am in central Mississippi and have a few hives, all seem to be doing well except for one. I tried to re-queen it twice and they rejected the new queen. There is a lot of nectar in the brood box and a lot of bees, but I know they will dwindle away without some new brood. The golden rod hasn't really started blooming here too much yet. I was thinking of adding a frame of capped brood as well as some larvae, and introduce a new queen to get it going again. From all I have read, the fall honey flow should be enough to help get this hive back in shape. Does this sound like a good move?
    If they have rejected twice you supplying them a queen, it would suggest that the bees think they already have a queen. Either there is a queen in the box or laying workers. Instead of capped brood and larvae, I would give them a frame of eggs/larvae <3 days old. If they build queen cells on that frame, then they are queenless (inspect frame after 3-4 days).

    If they do not, you have the option of giving them another frame (i.e. laying workers possible) or try to introduce a queen. A thorough inspection needs to be done after examining the frame to determine if there is a queen (virgin or not) in the hive.

    I personally would not buy another queen until I performed the egg/young larvae frame test.
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