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queen in small OB hive seems to be laying more than hive can cover and take care of at the moment,just curious if eggs could lay untended in cell bottom for week or so,then still be viable when they got to them??? Also totally unrelated, but never have read it anywhere, what causes pollen to ball up on the bees legs in such large clusters??? Inquiring minds want to know!!!Thanks in advance for any responses..Doug
 

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Honeybee eggs take 3 days to hatch so I doubt eggs not hatched in more than 3 days would be viable.

An interesting thing with laying queens, they do not rapidly adjust egg laying in response to changing environmental conditions or nest size. This is so she can maintain optimal egg laying capacity for short durations, giving the colony the ability to rapidly respond to a nectar flow by quickly making more bees necessary to forage it. Any eggs layed beyond what the colony can tend will be reabsorbed by the workers eventually .
 

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>>>what causes pollen to ball up on the bees legs in such large clusters??? <<< The bees pack it there themselves. I put some pollen suppliment out in a pan and watched the girls working it. They would land on the pollen dust, then take off and hover above it. While hovering you could see them transfering the pollen from their front legs to their "pollen basket".
Sheri
 
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