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cross comb/collapse...queen question

 
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blackwillowfarm
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 6:14 pm    Post subject: cross comb/collapse...queen question Reply with quote

Checked the hive and its day 8. several combs were beautiful. The first three bars were cross combed. I attempted to vertically cut the comb but three combs fell to bottom. I used the hair clip method to reattach them. I am new but I think I have the issue fixed *cross fingers*

MY MAIN CONCERN
I am concerned about losing the queen.
what steps should I take?
I notice there are eggs in the combs.
Do I wait? what signs am I looking for if queen is dead? With about 5 combs there will they raise a new one or should I buy a new queen?
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JGW07
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Location: USA, GA, Hephzibah

PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you're afraid may have happened--accidentally killing the queen--actually happened to me when I first started. Four combs, heavy with brood and honey, collapsed. I tried attaching the combs with clips, but they were too soft. I ended up placing them upright in a plastic container. I didn't realize the queen was dead for weeks since I didn't open the hive, wanting to give them a chance to rebuild (and, of course, I was nervous about messing with them so soon after the disaster). The bees hatched out the larvae and raised another queen in the meantime. By the time her brood started hatching, the colony almost dwindled away, but they hung on. That was five years ago, and they are still going strong.
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you saw eggs I would leave them alone.
Out of two possibilities of queen died and queen fine neither require you to go in again for a few weeks (given that eggs were present)
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biobee
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most times, the best advice is to let them sort it out. They are much better at handling comb than we are, and if necessary, they will raise another queen - probably several.

It is rarely a good idea to mess with fresh comb.
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rmcpb
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its always hard to leave the hive alone when first starting out BUT in this case it really is a matter of sitting on your hands. The bees are very good at their job and you have eggs.

Cheers
Rob.
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