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Getting the queen to lay in new comb

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Well I have grown tired of dealing with grumpy bees and decided to start raising my own queens. I have a colony of very nice bees that I want to get daughters from. So I placed an empty drawn frame in the middle of brood nest to get a nice batch of larva. Well it seems my workers opted to fill that frame up with sugar syrup. Any suggestions on what to do? I was going to give them another empty drawn frame but do not want it filled with syrup too.
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Stop feeding. Make sure the frames in the hive are full then place a frame in the hive, next to a frame that has eggs on it. Basically give her no choice but to lay in the frame. I generally just take a frame that has newly hatched larva and graft from that.
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