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5 ,8 ,10 frame, and long Lang
what if she is too old to mate?Had not thought about the virgin possibility but I don't think my timeline would support it. Here are key dates:
Day 4 -checked to confirm queen release (she was)
Day 7 - small amounts of pollen being brought in
Day 9 - quick glance revealed comb being built on 4-5 frames, but small amounts; did not check for queen, eggs, brood, etc.
Day 18 - comb being drawn on 6 frames; no eggs or brood of any kind; noticed queen cells
Day 20 - confirmed with another beekeeper that no eggs or brood and that drawn cells were emergency cells
What is strange is they still are bringing in pollen, building comb and have good energy.
If there had been a virgin in the package certainly by now she would have been mated and laying, correct?
they have a queen will not accept another, no eggs.
could have been a virgin in the package.
so you need to look close for the queen if no queen or eggs and you have another hive add a frame with eggs and this time let the queen hatch.
you either have or do not have a queen.... could have a not laying queen... sound like a mystery.