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I know that laying workers can not make a queen, only drones. But do they try to make queens from the eggs they lay?
 

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I have seen them start cells around an unfertilized egg (from laying workers) but have never seen them complete the task or a cell. I think they quit once something triggers their realization that the egg is not viable.
 

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I agree. The bees are very frustrated when they don't have a queen, but a bad layer. They try to make a queen out of anything they can, but are unable to with an unfertilized egg. If you want them to make their own queen, take a couple frames of eggs/larvae from one of your good hives and put it in that one. They are already trying to make a queen, so they will use this good larvae to create one of their own. Make sure you use a queen you like! ;)
 

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So is this one way of solving the problem with laying workers? Just add a frame of fresh fertile eggs from another hive.
 

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yes it is one of the ways to resolve the laying worker problem, add a frame of eggs, if that does not work, add another, and so on until they draw a cell. Its not a fail safe solve all, but it does sometimes clear the problem.
 

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I was just on a webinar with Jennifer Berry if the U of GA. She said to add a frame of brood also to get them busy in addition to the eggs and a queen cell if possible.
 
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