About 40 Colonies
Would have had to been before she got here, we don't really smoke except a puff in the entrance and a puff in the back once we break the top bars. And we're several bars from comb at this point. I could see how a flame thrower would ruin their wings in a hurry though. I always wonder how much they get tossed around in their cage on the long truck rides from Georgia/California.Some of my 2 year old queens have chips out of the ends of their wings..the only part of them that looks beat up and worn at all.
Maybe you queen got too close to the smoker heat, LOL that is hard on their wings. Ya, don't light that pile of scraps when the bees are flying. You'll find them crawling on the ground with wings that look like your queen.
This would be the most complete clipping I have ever seen (but I have limited exposure, mostly just seeing pictures). I do not think that that's the case here. Where there is still some wing left it's a ragged line that looks almost torn. I will confess that I was not able to see her that closely when she was in her cage. Just shook the package in and closed it up.Are you sure they did not do that before they sent your package. Normally people ask to have it done, and there usually is a $1 charge. Did she have wings when she showed in the cage inside the package?
Haven't seen any queen cells and she sure seems to be laying very well... at least for the time being. The package has only been installed since May 5th.I have noticed that a few times and each time I also find a younger queen in the hive also. I think it happens on occasion when they supercede. Look a little closer to see if you have another queen in the hive.