Not so true, drone laying queen or laying workers in the hive, they bring pollen also.Also, there attitude changes. I have described it as angry, others have described it as depressed. Either way, they seem more irascible.
An indication, without going into the hive, is that every other hive is bringing in pollen. The queenless hive doesn't have an interest in pollen gathering.
Michael, two of my hives coming out of winter I believe are queenless...one is laying all drone brood: the other smaller one has drone brood and a little capped brood...the third hive is strong with a queen and capped brood. I don't remember seeing much uncapped at all. What would you do? This is my first winter. Thanks..... PS. All are gathering lots of pollen>The queenless hive doesn't have an interest in pollen gathering.
I've seen queenless hives hauling a LOT of pollen.
Of course the first thing is eggs and brood. If you have that you need not look any farther. If there is not, a frame of open brood, as Roland said, is what you want to give them and see if they start queen cells. If they do, they were queenless and you can decide if you want to let them resolve it by raising a queen or get a queen for them. If they don't, then come back in a week or two and see if there are eggs...
Thank you...>two of my hives coming out of winter I believe are queenless...one is laying all drone brood: the other smaller one has drone brood and a little capped brood...the third hive is strong with a queen and capped brood. I don't remember seeing much uncapped at all. What would you do?
I would give the questionable ones open brood and eggs from the strong one. Every week for three weeks if necessary. The one with all drone brood, (assuming solid patches of drone brood and not a lot of multiple eggs) may have a drone laying queen. If you can't find her the frames of eggs may solve it in three weeks, but if you can dispose of her you will speed things along.
Ok...does it matter what direction I bring the hive to shake off the bees? I'm thinking flight path direction...and thank you crazy Roland and Michael bush. With all the reading I do when it comes to actually applying what I read I draw a blank...till after I'm out of the hives!With the drone layer, I would take the hive 50 feet away, shake all the bees off the comb, return the hive to it's original location, and add as many frames of eggs as the bees can cover.
Thanks Mark...I have a feeling I rolled the queen...maybe; there were some drones that had hatched so three weeks ago at least. Should I scratch up most of that drone brood and let them clean it out?It doesn't matter much which direction you go. The bees don't follow only one flight path back to the hive's location. It's a matter of getting the laying worker away from the hive, in the grass, where it has trouble getting back home.