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Queenless Hive!!

 
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barkingmad
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Joined: 12 May 2014
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Location: Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:52 pm    Post subject: Queenless Hive!! Reply with quote

I've inspected my top bar tonight expecting nothing untoward and there is no sign of my laying queen or brood. It's rammed full of stores and bees but that's it.

Now three weeks ago I went out to a swarm, which looked to be a cast. I shook the cluster into a box and sat waiting for everything to calm down when I received a text that the council had already sent someone and I was in effect collecting a large amount of stragglers.

I'm a soft touch so I brought them home and stuck them into my empty hive. The next day I gave them a frame of brood to at least give them a chance. I took the frame my main hive.

Now I know I had a queen in my main hive as I saw her while I was going through the frames. What I'm thinking now though is I may have squashed her accidently as I was pushing the bars back together.

I checked the small hive 2 weeks ago to see if they had tried to make a queen cell, they had. I didn't look in either hive last week as we were away for the weekend.

I know I have been an idiot!! Help - do I try to get hold of a mate queen?
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Adriaan
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Joined: 18 Jan 2016
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Location: central Belgium

PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:01 am    Post subject: sit back and relax Reply with quote

Hey barkingmad,

IT may well be that you are right, but that also means that your main hive has had more than enough time to raise a new queen trough emergency response.
That queen can get mated easily this time of year and should start laying anytime now. Cheque again for brood in a week.

Look on the bright site: a broodless period in late summer may bring down mite numbers.

friendly greetings,

Adriaan
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Ollie
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Joined: 27 Nov 2015
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Location: Ireland, west

PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can imagine how you feel. Queens seem to run and hide and with a large number of bees, you just cant always see her. At least the hive will be able to raise another queen and all being well in good time before winter approaches .

Good luck with both hives. Id do the same with the stragglers too, give 'em a chance.
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barkingmad
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Location: Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes just reading your replies and then re-reading my post it makes perfect sense that both hives have just got on, without my tampering, and re-queened themselves. I was flapping last night - a knee jerk reaction!

I'll check again at the weekend and hopefully we'll have some evidence of brood. Both hives are very relaxed and seem content. No roar from the main one.... Thank you both.
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