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Couple weeks ago I went to an outyard of mine. I checked the hive and it looks very healthy. Today I went back to place a boardman feeder on the hive. The base (no jar) to a boardman feeder was still in the front of the hive and when I went to remove it and add the new clean one, I found the queen with some attendants IN the base of the old boardman feeder. First thought was that the hive had swarmed and I was just catching the queen before she left - but that made no sense because its way too early for that here. Things are just now beginning to bloom. So I took off the top and put her back in the hive. No bees reacted strange and she soon crawled down between the frames and went back to work.

I did a full inspection of the hive and found nothing out or order. The hive has two mediums on it and a deep on the bottom. (result of a newspaper add from a deadout) Both medium boxes are half full of brood/larvae/eggs and two to three frames of pollen and honey stores in each box. The deep in mostly empty though some honey remains on the outside frames. The hive is very full of bees except for the deep which only has a few bees working on the couple frames with honey in them.

For the life of me I cannot figure out what that queen was doing. There is maybe a dozen drone cells in the entire hive. Just way too early for splits, swarms etc. So why was my queen outside the hive in the bottom of the boardman base (remember it had no jar on it) Interested in yoriu thoughts on this.
 

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I walked into the house, was taking my bee suit off, and found a queen on my shoe. First time I had ever seen a queen. Only had 1 hive at the time, so I knew where to put her back.
 

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Possibly a 2 queen colony mother-daughter and they were escorting her out?
 

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Queens sometimes do go wherever they wish. I was looking through a hive with a friend one time, he wanted to find the queen because the bees were too cranky. We didn't find her anywhere where she "should" have been. Turned out she was on the inner cover which had been on top of an empty feeder, which had been on top of a box of frames of foundation. That was the strangest place I have ever found a queen.
 

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Years ago I was doing a split, I did not have a lot of time to look for the queen so I put an excluder between the upper and lower boxes. wait 4 days and went to remove the top box and add a new queen to which ever box had no eggs. almost as soon as I removed the cover the queen exited the bottom box through the entrance, ran up the side of the hive to enter the top box. :scratch: At least I knew which box was then queenless, But I never figured out what she was doing, Or Why!:applause:
 

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Possibly a 2 queen colony mother-daughter and they were escorting her out?
Now that you mention it, that could be right. After I put her back in the hive, the hive did well so I havent thought about it until just now.
 

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I found a four year old queen wandering around on the cover one day. I knew by her marking that she was the queen from that hive. At least I was pretty sure. I looked through the hive for another queen and never found one. I put her back and she was still laying there several months later... I have no idea why she went on a "walk about" but there she was...

"You never can tell with bees"--Winnie the Pooh
 

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During one of my inspections last year, I was just about to put the cover back on when my son spotted the queen in the grass directly under the center of the hive - I have no idea how that happened as I kept all the frames directly over the hive when pulling and inspecting them. But she obviously must have fallen off of a frame when I pulled it.

I was glad to have a second set of eyes that day!
 
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