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Hey everyone! I live in North Carolina and we just had a fabulous weekend for doing a few inspections.


I went in both of my hives – one was thriving – tons of capped brood, honey, bees, etc...

The other one had far fewer bees and no brood whatsoever. I was not able to find a queen. I transferred a surplus frame of capped brood over to the bad hive to hold it over. Is it possible that the queen died over the winter and the workers have continued living? If so, how? I have a queen on order, if I continue to inject the bad hive with frames of capped brood, will it survive until I can get a queen late March?

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Once those workers hatch out place another frame of brood over to the weak hive but this time make sure you have three day old brood/eggs on the frame. Recheck in three days and you should have some queen cells. I had a hive come out of Feb with no queen last year, she was a runt from a leftover swarm, she make it through the summer, fall and winter before she gave out.
 

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Was there any eggs on your frame of capped brood? I would get some wet brood with nurse bees moved over right away. Just make sure you don't transfer the queen!
 

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Your ideas are right since you have a queen ordered.If you add young larvae and eggs as some suggest they will start queen cells and probably reject your new queen when she arrives.If you decide to add the eggs and young larvae then cancel the queen order.You don't need both.
 

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Is it possible that the queen died over the winter and the workers have continued living?
It is pretty common. The winter is tough on all the bees, the queen included. Take the advice offered so far. This is the beauty of having two hives.
 

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We stopped overwinter queen loss by insuring bottom board drainage in the fall. With propolis sealing the bottom board, the hive tilted back, even slightly, collects a puddle of frigid water. If the queen falls into that puddle - Instant chilling.

In the wild nest the comb is attached continuously at the top and sides. In the nest the queen must go to the bottom of a frame to get to the other side. Negotiating the turn at the bottom of the comb with a heavy rear end is hazardous.

Insuring bottom board drainage is not an unnecessary frill.

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We stopped overwinter queen loss by insuring bottom board drainage in the fall. With propolis sealing the bottom board, the hive tilted back, even slightly, collects a puddle of frigid water. ..

Walt
I understand that your hive is tilted forward, but when you speak of bottom board drainage are you speaking of some sort of drainage grate on the bottom board?
 

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Just forward tilt.
Considered drilling a hole at both back corners with a through nail or something to twist to keep it open, but that seemed like overkill.

Walt
 
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