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2nd year beekeeper,lost last years weak colony over winter.

Got a nice nuc in may and they've done great.
So a few weeks ago my bees were doing wonderfully. I had a deep super of bees and nice brood and another super above with honey and pollen stores...so I put on my first honey super...I've peeked in at weekly intervals, not expecting alot, but they haven't even drawn comb. It's rained alot here in Vermont and I suppose it's been tough. So today, I go out for the full check and find lots of empty queen cells on the bottoms and in the lower super there are bees and new eggs, but no brood. In one cell I saw 2 eggs.

so here are my questions...
Have I suffered a swarm and missed them?
Though I didn't see a new queen (she might be there) should I wait a bit?
Might this just be laying workers and not a queen?

Bummed in VT
 

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Sounds like you threw a swarm. When
you checked.......Were you pulling
brood frames up and checking it out?

Presently, how many frames are drawn
in each of the two brood chambers??

If your seeing eggs (singles) then you have
a laying queen. Pull the super if the brood
boxes have less than 8 fully drawn frames.

Laying workers usually have multiple eggs
in each cell not just one or two.

Pull your super if you have 7 or less fully
drawn frames in the brood boxes.

[ July 15, 2006, 02:07 PM: Message edited by: Sundance ]
 

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Bruce..thanks for the reply...

"Were you pulling brood frames up and checking it out?"
-> yes I looked at each frame, but didn't see the queen

"Presently, how many frames are drawn in each of the two brood chambers??"
-> all the frames are drawn, the upper super is all honey and pollen (~60% capped). only the honey super I put on 3 weeks ago is not drawn...should I remove it?

so check to see for brood, eggs and queen in a week or so?
 

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Leave the super on. You have a queen, you
just didn't see her. They will be fine and
booming when the new brood emerges.

It helps to keep the center of the brood nest
open by feeding in a frame or two of undrawn foundation. By keeping the brood nest open
you are much less likely to throw a swarm.
 

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"How many eggs are you
seeing and are they in a good pattern?"

-> looked like a good pattern, even, I'd say 4 of 9 the frames had eggs, other frames had honey...where there were eggs though, it was even and not spotty
good tip about swarm prevention...
I'll check in a week
appreciate the weekend help!
 
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