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Me too. Three quarters of the hives on the first pallet are doing infinitely much better than the other quarter. Not only is it queenless, it is disease free and unproductive.

I had an inspection report from a yard of bees that I had in Ohio once upon a time. The hives were never opened yet the inspectors diagnosis of queenlessness was correct. How about that?
 

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When the inspector was out in May, he could tell a queenless or drone laying hive just by openning the top of the hive. And, upon a complete inspection he was right.
Over the last couple of years, with growing the bee yards, I have had to rely on observations of a hive instead of a full blown inspection during certain times of the year. If i had to inspect every hive every time, i would never get all my work done.
There are times when a complete work up is necessary, and there are times when looking and listening are enough.
 
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