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Went to swap a hive out with new woodware,The old box was starting to rot.
It is a Deep & one shallow,I was surprised to find there was not many bee's there,They had a lot of honey & some pollen stored up,
I did find the Queen,But I looked at each frame & they are not any brood,
I took some brood from another hive & gave to them.
It is early to get a new queen,
So what would be my best bet to do with them? Mark,,,,,,,,
 

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If your other hives can spare them just add a frame of capped brood each week for a few weeks, the bees will sort it out themselves. If they need another queen they will make one and destroy the old queen, but my money is on the old queen, I think she will start laying.
 

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I believe I'll bet on the queen to start laying pretty soon. I checked one hive today and she has just started to lay. What I would look for is if the bees are prepping cells for eggs by polishing and cleaning them. That's a dead giveaway.
 

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Thanks fellows: I did notice that it looks like they are cleaning the cells.
Hope they get to going again,Sure has been a good hive of bees,
They are from a swarm I caught 8-9 years ago,Never been treated with any thing & has produced a lot of honey,
Stan I'll keep them in brood from my other hives,Till I see what they do,Again thanks.Mark,,,,,,,,
 

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Mine just started laying within the last couple of days... Im thinking they will be full of brood in no time!!
 
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