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Just check 2 of my new hives and found out their is no queen in them. I could not find any new larva and could not find the queen. I did find about 4 or 5 supercells with a few of them containing bigger larva. Guessing that's going to be the new queen. These hives are about 3 weeks old and 3e not drawing out much comb. On these 2 hives the bottom board is just screen with a sheet of plywood over the top of the hive with a lid over that. My other hives have a solid bottom board and a vented top with the lid. Could this be part of my problem? Those are the only hives that are queen less. But the others aren't drawing that much comb out either. I have been feeding them sugar water also. Thanks for any help!
 

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This year has been tough in our region, most beekeepers I am talking to are running 30% queenless right now. It should staighten out in the next couple weeks. I do not feed when i am queenless. They will fill every hole with sugar. Once your queen starts to lay feed them. My opinion.
 

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thanks for the information. Why are we losing are queens? Do you think the open screened bottom board is ok?
 

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Most (but not all) "queenless" hives have a virgin queen who will start laying any day and who will kill any queen you try to introduce. The best soution is open brood so they can start a queen if they need one, the laying workers won't take over and it won't interfere with a virgin queen. Plus you won't waste your money on a queen who will only get killed.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm
http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfallacies.htm#nobroodnoqueen

There are few solutions as universal in their application and their
success than adding a frame of open brood every week for three weeks.
It is a virtual panecea for any queen issues. It gives the bees the
pheromones to suppress laying workers. It gives them more workers
coming in during a period where there is no laying queen. It does not
interfere if there is a virgin queen. It gives them the resources to
rear a queen. It is virtually foolproof and does not require finding a
queen or seeing eggs. If you have any issue with queenrightness, no
brood, worried that there is no queen, this is the simple solution that
reuires no worrying, no waiting, no hoping. You just give them what
they need to resolve the situation. If you have any doubts about the
queenrightness of a hive, give them some open brood and sleep well.
Repeat once a week for two more weeks if you still aren't sure. By then
things will be fine.
 
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