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I have a friend who has a hive that she claims was definitely queenless, yet after trying to install three queens, they always seem to vanish shortly afterward...is this normally a sign of a laying worker being in that hive or could something else be to blame? Has anyone had this problem before?
 

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Thanks Mike...after reading all that, she very easily could have that condition in her hive....she's lost three queens...or so she thinks...I advised her to shake 'em out and find that/those laying workers...is that wrong??
 

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I have seen old queens fail. They don't lay any eggs at all but somehow maintain enough pheremones or something that the hive knows they have a queen. They will not accept another queen.
 

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I would not shake them out.

I have said it before:

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.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beeslayingworkers.htm
 

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OK, sounds like a commonsense solution to a complicated problem...I'll pass that along to her and follow-up later...thanks Mike, you're the GURU!!!!


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