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So I used Formic acid a few months back, and the queen swarmed off, I went to replace it and they wouldn't accept it, then I noticed a few larvae, so I figured a virgin queen had returned. Fast forward to now, and it's full of drone brood.
Should I shake them out on the next warm day in front of the other hives? or what? here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D_T14ZPgJw
 

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Aylett, VA 10-frame double deep Langstroth
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Stop feeding them and let the hive die. There is nothing worth salvaging and shaking them out now poses a potential risk to your other hives. Use the woodenware and resources to start a new hive in another two months. If they are still around, maybe consider shaking them out then. Soapy water is always an option.
 

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Yeah, I ought to have 8-9 hives in the spring, It'll just make for faster growing splits.
 

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I had a drone layer after a month she started laying normal. ****dest thing definitely not the norm. I like formic but I just can only muster the courage to do it in spring when the bees are stronger and I know re queening is easy. I use apivar or oa in winter.
 

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There are no eggs all over like laying worker, could be a queen just starting to lay, I'll just leave em be for awhile.
 

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If she was poorly mated and had been laying worker brood but is now only laying drones, there is no going back. I had several nucs that went that way. All eventually died out.
 
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