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After checking my TBH today they are drawing comb OK; however; storing all honey it seems; NO Brood

Waz up with that?
 

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W/out eggs or very young larvae, no, they won't make a queen. But they will make honey. What else do they have to do?
 

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You have basically done a cut down split, without the split. The bees have no brood to take care of so there is a honey storage and comb building party going on. Add a frame of eggs, add a queen or whatever you need to to get them back queen right.
 

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I've got the same thing happening to both of my packages from early May. They both were superceding their queens. One appeared to have axed the old quickly. The other seemed to be letting the old queen go, but she petered out now. We're going to have to space out the brood nest some because she won't have a cell to lay in at this rate.
 

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Hello

After checking my TBH today they are drawing comb OK; however; storing all honey it seems; NO Brood

Waz up with that?
Did you do an inspection to look for your queen? And is she marked so you can spot her easily? You may or may not be queenless. Was this a package that you started this year or a split or an existing hive? If you have another TBH that you can steal a frame of eggs from, that would be great and hurt nothing. If you order new queen and the old one is still in there, you might be wasting your money when the bees kill the new queen. If they start to make queen cells from the bar of eggs, then you know what is going on and you have the option to let them continue making a new queen or at that point you can introduce a purchased one.
 

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Did you do an inspection to look for your queen? And is she marked so you can spot her easily? You may or may not be queenless. Was this a package that you started this year or a split or an existing hive? If you have another TBH that you can steal a frame of eggs from, that would be great and hurt nothing. If you order new queen and the old one is still in there, you might be wasting your money when the bees kill the new queen. If they start to make queen cells from the bar of eggs, then you know what is going on and you have the option to let them continue making a new queen or at that point you can introduce a purchased one.
I captured this swarm a little while back, I couldn't find the queen just assumed she was in the house lol

My first year and I can't tell a queen from a king:}

Well I guess I'll wait and see how they progress

Thanks for the help
 

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I wouldn't wait and just hope it all works out. If there's no queen, you could end up with laying workers which is a b*tch to straighten out after the fact. If you're positive there are no eggs/larvae/capped brood, get a queen in there asap. Good luck! p.s. I liked your comment about not being able to tell a queen from a king...too funny. 8 )
 

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Checked on them this morning...they all seem to still be there

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Of course, where else would they be? They know where their home is just like you do. As long as you can get what you need why would you leave just because your queen is gone?
 

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Of course, where else would they be? They know where their home is just like you do. As long as you can get what you need why would you leave just because your queen is gone?
Like sqkcrk said, but why wouldnt you dig a little deeper and find out what the deal is, If they are hopelessly queenless you are just going to watch them die off in waves until they are gone.If you have a chance to save the hive why wouldnt you? G
 

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Seems like a combine would be the easiest thing for Snookie to do. Rather than trying to introduce a new queen or install a nuc or even frames of brood. Seems late in the season for a raise your own situation. Combining makes the most sense to me.

Or, Snookie could just let them go the way they are going and harvest Lots and lots of honey. More than would be made by a combining.
 

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Snookie could just let them go the way they are going and harvest Lots and lots of honey. More than would be made by a combining.
Darn it son I like they way you think :applause:

I was checking on them at 6am CST this morning and I believe I will just let them do their thang:}

Try to find a queen in the mean time...

Thanks for the reply!
 
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