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Broodless in the TBH - what to do?

 
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Laurieston
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 8:38 pm    Post subject: Broodless in the TBH - what to do? Reply with quote

3 weeks ago all was well in my TBH with two colonies side by side, both with good stores and good brood. I was confident that all would be well for the winter - too soon it seems.!!

Last weekend I showed a friend, a newbie to TBHs, around, but there was no brood to be seen. The bees were very calm, calmer than normal, and busily gathering, including pollen. Although I didn't seen either Queen I thought she might still be there and just having a break from laying, due to the calmness of the bees - didn't seem to be unhappy at all. However, now another week gone and still no brood to be seen.

These colonies are side-by-side in a Chandler hTBH with solid floor and inspection window. They are still collecting well, including the sugar-water I am feeding them. I also have two traditional colonies in polystrene boxes next to the TBH. These two still have brood in.

I am thinking that I need to do some rapid manipulations to save the two colonies who seem to be well, apart from being Queenless. My idea is to try to unite the queenright colonies with the others. I suppose by catching the queen from one of the tradtitional colonies and introducing her into the TBH and then uniting these two colonies. Or is there any chance that the queenless TBH colonies might overwinter and I can add a queen then? Or is it curtains for them? Any ideas would be gratefully received...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't be surprised to find a colony broodless in mid October.
A good queen will stop laying when fresh nectar & pollen aren't coming in.
If there are still drones in the colony then it could be a sign of a failed or lost queen but otherwise I wouldn't be that worried.
Better that way in my humble opinion than a queen that keeps laying even when there isn't enough food.
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Smorning
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Difficult really natural beekeeping means you leave them bee ! But I when queen less what do you do ? I leave them at this late stage but it's easier said than done. Hopefully all,goes well.
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