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I made up a nuc last week with a bought queen and brood plus nurse bees from another hive--if there were any foragers I guess they flew back to their own hive. I added another frame of brood over the weekend. they have plenty of honey and pollen, queen is laying, etc. is it unusual that there are still no foragers coming out of that hive at all? can they keep nurse bees from developing to foragers if they are needed in the hive? is there a specific time when I should start to (fruitlessly, I'm sure) worry?
 

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Let the bees sort it out. If they desperately need something, they will go get it. A good quality pollen pattie would be good to put on.
 

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Thanks. just to be clear, lots of the capped brood I put in has already hatched, and I will put in a bit of pollen patty for insurance. just really curious whether conditions can alter the behavior of the nurse bees to keep them in the hive longer than normal.
 

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Thanks. just to be clear, lots of the capped brood I put in has already hatched, and I will put in a bit of pollen patty for insurance. just really curious whether conditions can alter the behavior of the nurse bees to keep them in the hive longer than normal.
Bees are really good at being bees. Seriously, pollen patty is a great idea, and if they need foragers, nurse bees can become foragers sooner. So yes, conditions do alter behavior.
 

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If there is a lot of open brood they might be focusing on clustering and keeping it warm. As the young bees begin to mature over the next week or two you will see more activity outside the hive.
 
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