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  Topic: New queen drone layer, but emergency queen cell present.
Heartstone

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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Jul 28, 2016 3:32 pm   Subject: New queen drone layer, but emergency queen cell present.
I have a nuc from a hive that was about to swarm, they produced a queen and she started to lay just over a week ago.

However, all of the larvae are drones. She must have not mated well.
Given the ...
  Topic: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
Heartstone

Replies: 8
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:47 am   Subject: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
Thanks. Will try it out and see what happens.

As an aside, what is the proportion of honey to bees required for winter survival? Mine did survive last year but it was my first year without losses a ...
  Topic: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
Heartstone

Replies: 8
Views: 6294

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:45 pm   Subject: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
Thanks for the advice.

I will probably combine them with another stronger nuc. As a matter of interest has anyone done this with a top bar hive? I have entrances at both ends and on the sides but ...
  Topic: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
Heartstone

Replies: 8
Views: 6294

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:39 pm   Subject: No eggs or brood in hive split mid July
I have a small nuc I made from a strong hive back on the 14th July. Two weeks ago there were 1 or 2 eggs and a very small amount of larvae appearing. Last week there were still only 1 or 2 eggs and al ...
  Topic: Do bees hold a grudge?
Heartstone

Replies: 4
Views: 4107

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 2:37 pm   Subject: Do bees hold a grudge?
Maybe some black bees do not sting but Irish black bees most definitely DO sting. They are a lot more aggressive then Buckfast bees. I have had both. Currently I have only black bees and they are not ...
  Topic: Dead or live eggs?
Heartstone

Replies: 6
Views: 4804

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:37 pm   Subject: Dead or live eggs?
In that case they must have a laying queen. I picked up another two nucs today from the same supplier that I got my hives from last year. He tells me that these bees take a lot longer than 4 weeks to ...
  Topic: Many laying queens in one box?
Heartstone

Replies: 11
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PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:26 pm   Subject: Many laying queens in one box?
It is possible that it is due to supercedure I suppose. The old queen must still be in good fettle though as there is tons of worker brood in the hive. The bee keeper I got them from tells me that thi ...
  Topic: Dead or live eggs?
Heartstone

Replies: 6
Views: 4804

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:00 pm   Subject: Dead or live eggs?
Thanks once again Barbara.

The pattern of eggs was good and also all single eggs. Some on new comb. I was sure that they had eggs in more than the frames I gave them, but my memory is not as good a ...
  Topic: Dead or live eggs?
Heartstone

Replies: 6
Views: 4804

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:49 pm   Subject: Dead or live eggs?
How do you tell the difference between healthy and dead eggs?

How long will the bees leave them in the hive if the hive is full of bees?

The reason I am asking is that had a queen disappear from ...
  Topic: Many laying queens in one box?
Heartstone

Replies: 11
Views: 7041

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:35 pm   Subject: Many laying queens in one box?
They are not laying workers as I have seen the one in the newest nuc and marked her. The original hive has worker brood of all ages including eggs. The first nuc now has worker brood (over 5 weeks sin ...
  Topic: Many laying queens in one box?
Heartstone

Replies: 11
Views: 7041

PostForum: Beginners start here   Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:08 pm   Subject: Many laying queens in one box?
Five weeks ago I removed two frames of brood and honey from a strong hive into a nuc. A week later I inspected them to find both the original hive and the nuc from it had queens. Ok I was lucky, two q ...
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 8:04 pm   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
Today I looked in the hive that had virgin queens but had not produced any brood after 6 weeks. Now at 8 weeks there are eggs, larvae drone and worker capped brood. It took the queen at least 6 weeks ...
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:40 pm   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
Some more advice needed.

I inspected the hives again today. The hive that had the virgin queens still has no eggs or brood of its own, however last week I gave them brood at all stages including eg ...
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:09 pm   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
We moved to Sligo from Lincolnshire 9 years ago. It can be a difficult climate to work with but the countryside is lovely.

I am coming to the same conclusion that 'live or let die' seems to be th ...
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:52 am   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
I inspected the problem hive last Sunday. Eggs and larvae were present so it looks like the Queen survived the starvation of the others. The hive had built up a lot of stores in 6 days from the feed a ...
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:53 pm   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
I can't thank you enough for your help and advice. When I started the thread I was hoping that either you and/or biobees replied. It has reassured me greatly. This is only my third year of bee keeping ...
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:58 am   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
Thanks for your reply Barbara. I have always found your advice useful in the past.

I think you may be right. This hive was a nuc last year. Over half the bees have survived possibly less than a 1/4 ...
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:21 am   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
It is not the queenless hive that has a problem.

It is another hive. The queenless hive is very strong.
  Topic: Starving bees - really urgent
Heartstone

Replies: 18
Views: 15644

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:33 pm   Subject: Starving bees - really urgent
I have 3 hives of black bees at the moment. I never really get to see the queens as they always hide them well.

The first has plenty of stores and is very strong, I even got a few pounds of honey l ...
  Topic: Empty fully formed supercedure cell
Heartstone

Replies: 2
Views: 3431

PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:31 pm   Subject: Empty fully formed supercedure cell
I did not look to see if it was jagged or smooth. But it was completely empty. No egg or larvae present.
  Topic: Empty fully formed supercedure cell
Heartstone

Replies: 2
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PostForum: URGENT Help needed now!   Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:34 pm   Subject: Empty fully formed supercedure cell
I have a nuc I got in the first week of July. It has been doing well, however, today I looked in to find a fully formed but empty supercedure cell in the centre of one frame.

Fully capped brood, la ...
 
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