Re: My hives have some issues and I am lost
I'm lost too.
Why would you look for eggs 8 days after you took the queen out? No queen = no eggs. Queen cells are a good thing, if there is no queen there, leave them be and a new queen will be raised. It takes 16 days for a queen to hatch out, then some time to mature, get mated and begin laying.
Originally Posted by Johnnymms
Were the queen cells already there when you made the split and removed the queen?
Why would you want them to make another queen cell, if there is already one there?
The hive had a super with 5 frames of nectar, and another super with the beginning of 2 frames of nectar. I noticed a lot of the empty cells in the brood boxes were getting filled with nectar. Hive #2 has a very spotty brood pattern, which also resembles drone brood. Its not a full bubble cap like I am used to seeing but looks slightly raised. All other available room is being filled with nectar. The hive was full of bees but I found 1 queen cell. I did not see any eggs. Bottom box is nearly all nectar and stores. I placed a frame of eggs from the split into hive #2 with hopes they might make another queen cell from it.
Just exactly how many hives are you talking about here? Two hives, or three? You are telling us Hive #1, hive #2, and a 'split', which is which?
I triple checked the frame from the split to make sure I did not transfer the queen into hive #2.
Do I leave hive #1 alone for 3 weeks and hope a new queen emerges and mates?
Leave them alone.
What about the fact that the bees will continue to fill space in the brood chamber with nectar? Should I pull nectar frames out to make room and run the risk of damaging queen cells? I had issues last year with my hives swarming, then filling up with nectar, then the new queen had no space and swarmed again.
If you have multiple queen cells on multiple frames in another hive, then you would be better off to take a frame with queen cells from that hive, into this hive, instead of putting eggs in...if you want a new queen. How old is the queen that is there? If it is an old queen, then get rid of it and use a frame with queen cels to replace it- that is a much surer way than trying to go from eggs.
Do I wait another week and check hive #2 again for QC? Could the spotty brood pattern be to lack of space or a bad queen? If its a bad queen, do I find her, eliminate her, and then place eggs from the split again and hope for a new queen to be raised?
If nectar is coming in, then there is no need to feed.
Should I pull nectar frames from this hive as well?
Lastly, should I be feeding the split? Flow is strong right now and I live near a large apple orchard so the bees are bringing the nectar in big time.
I'm not sure of the best route either, until you can be a little more clear on the situation.
I know that is a lot of info and a lot of questions but I really don't know what the best route is. Thanks to anyone with help.
EDIT: The split was created 8 days before I checked them yesterday
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