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Got a hygienic queen about two weeks ago and she has been roaming this hive for two weeks solid. Big numbers came out of the winter, but they swarmed and got away. The remnant never got beyond infertile queens and huge numbers of drones. It's in a single box with 9 drawn out but robbed clean frames. There are almost no workers at all. Seriously. Like one or two walking about with her.
I wrote it off a few days ago when i saw that the hive had been stripped of stores.
Robbers cleaned out all of the stored honey about a week ago.

Was just about to store the hive body and partially drawn out frames when i spotted her in there still moving thru the cells on a frame, with an attendant in tow.

I would ask this-- would you try to feed or just look away?

I mean if she gets any eggs on to maturity i would consider that in terms my supplier's success. But would you put any syrup in there for her?
 

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Put a fork in it, its done! store the equipment so you have it for next years bees. The drawn comb will give them a boost. Freeze the frames if you can for a few days to kill wax moth eggs that may be present then bag the boxes and frames to keep bugs off them and store.
 

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What do you have for other resources? Can you take a couple of frames of emerging brood with nurse bees from a couple other colonies? If you're going to try to save it, it has to happen quickly. She can't lay if she has no nurse bees...she will only lay what she knows can be attended to. Don't jeopardize other colonies to try to save this one...but if you have the resources to spare it's worth a try...
 

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A queen and one or a cpl of workers is not going to do you or themselves any good. Install her in another hive or do something w/ her, but leaving her where she is just prolongs the inevitable.
 
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