Hopefully, yes - only time will tell. If the weather warms some, and it might, that will help increase chances of success.So, although I've mostly likely been directly responsible for their delayed comb building.... Will they be able to survive long enough for a brood cycle? And should I install more feeders above the top bars if I have room?
I've had both carpenter ants and fire ants discover the hive. I chanced using Amdro b/c fire ants are just plain mean. I do know how you're feeling -- I feel the same about having allowed cross-combing to get this far, though I realize you'd prefer to be dealing with that problem. I don't know that 48 hours is that long. My bees were emptying a 14 oz jar of syrup a day, and it was a few days of eating before I spotted any comb through the window. It was at least a week before I was sure they were foraging, and I just spotted pollen baskets on returning bees a couple of days ago. If it's been cold and rainy, perhaps the bees are just staying warm? Jurgen Tautz and Thomas Seeley both write a lot about the amount of food energy it takes for bees to stay warm...Tautz has even identified a new kind of worker, the heater bee, whose job appears to be solely using body energy to heat the empty cells in the brood nest in order to keep larvae/pupae warm. Those bees need so much food that a second worker has the job of solely bringing honey and nectar droplets to feed the heater bees. I think Tautz wrote that this can happen as often as every 30 minutes. Since building comb is also energy consuming, and there is not brood to keep warm, maybe the bees are just huddling until all the environmental pieces they need are working together long enough.Okay--- 48 hours after syrup feeding... Still no comb, and now ants have discovered the delicious delicacy. I am at ends meet here... I'm pulling my hair out with stress, and I just feel like I'm failing the bees. . . For some dumb reason this is really depressing me to no end.
yeah, Much rather have cross-combing than NO comb... My bees are on Day 11 of just staying there, clumped up... although I've witnessed them taking the sugar syrup, they haven't even emptied one jar yet. . . or even 1/2 emptied for that matter... I HAVE seen more and more starting to exit the hive throughout the evening when I'm home from work.I feel the same about having allowed cross-combing to get this far, though I realize you'd prefer to be dealing with that problem.
I installed a package on April 5th. Through a period of about six days and finally a lengthy thread on here with the help of many... we determined the hive to be queenless. On April 16th we installed the replacement queen in the afternoon. She was hanged from a top bar with a decent amount of candy to be chewed through. The following morning it was sunny and my brother noticed that the bees were bringing in pollen (this is something they did not do at all before hanging the queen). We went back in four days later and the bees had started two combs, they were not visible from the observation window at all. When we pulled one out we saw the queen, some stored pollen, and eggs. The weather has been rough here in eastern Iowa, still dropping down to 35 at night. We had a heating pad on the syrup to keep it in the temperatures at which they can take it. We removed it about a week ago... and put it back on tonight. The lows will be dropping into the 30s the next four nights and highs MAYBE in the mid-50s.yeah, Much rather have cross-combing than NO comb... My bees are on Day 11 of just staying there, clumped up... although I've witnessed them taking the sugar syrup, they haven't even emptied one jar yet. . . or even 1/2 emptied for that matter... I HAVE seen more and more starting to exit the hive throughout the evening when I'm home from work.
The only "good" news is that we had our "Santa Ana" winds kick up last night which will automatically give us 80+ degree temperatures, so maybe the extra warmth will be good for them. here in Ventura, CA it's always "good weather" and it hardly rains here. I'm just worried that at this point, they are going to start dying off due to their relatively short lives and then even if the DO start building, they'll all be dead before new workers hatch :-(
How positive are you that you saw her? Is there any way you could cage a queen that your beekeeping buddy has to see how they react? Michael Palmer has a great video showing how a queenless hive reacts to a queen. YouTube "palmer queenless" and it should come up.No screened bottom. And I know there is no comb because I checked the bars after 8 days went by and there was no visible comb. I'm wondering at this point there is no queen..... which is what I thought about the first colony I lost but I ended up seeing her as one of the few left.... ants again today, too.
No pollen either....
How are those local ferals doing so far? Obviously you are in an area where you can get swarms. Maybe you can catch some more they'll take. My comment regarding the queen was simply to see how they react to her.I'm only positive I saw the queen from my 1st colony.. And they weren't doing ANYTHING for the 11 days it took them to all die off. I looked for the queen on my current colony, but out of 9,000-10,000 bees, I didn't see her when I examined the bars.... but I know that doesn't mean she's not there. I don't think I can get a queen from my buddy or anyone else around here for that matter, and I definitely don't want to buy one (I prefer to keep my bees feral from this area).