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Ok so about a month ago opened one of my hives and no brood eggs or any sign of a laying queen. Searched and searched no queen. Only thing in the brood chamber was nectar. Purchased a mated florescent green marked queen last week. Gave 2 frames of brood from another hive. Put her in hive last Wednesday. Did a quick look Sunday saw eggs but couldn’t see the queen. Went in today and saw a queen with no marking on her. What’s that all about?
 

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Well I had a laying queen going in to winter last year. There’s no way they could have made a new one between them and now is there?
 

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I have had queens lose their paint in about a week. Some paints dont have much sticking power. Isnt it still early to have a queen mated and laying in your area? It wouldnt happen here for another month at least and I am only a lake or two north of you!;)
 

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>There’s no way they could have made a new one between them and now is there?

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I have had queens lose their paint in about a week. Some paints dont have much sticking power. Isnt it still early to have a queen mated and laying in your area? It wouldnt happen here for another month at least and I am only a lake or two north of you!;)
Yes thats whats so strange. Only thing that i can think of is the paint came off. And thats what i am going with so that way i didnt waste $40
 

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I have had queens lose their paint in about a week. Some paints dont have much sticking power. Isnt it still early to have a queen mated and laying in your area? It wouldnt happen here for another month at least and I am only a lake or two north of you!;)
Very true and happens often. Could be the same queen the OP placed in the hive and the workers "groomed" the paint off her.
 
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