Help I've lost my queen

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  1. james007

    james007 New Member

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    I checked my hives today and one of them has apparently lost a queen. I had no eggs or brood of any kind. I also had no fresh wax cappings under the screened bottom like the rest of the hives. I did, however, find three supercedure cells that had been opened. I couldn't find a queen. I last checked my hives 7 days ago and at that time had some sealed brood and thought I had some open brood. At this point, I'm not sure whether I should hurry and order a new queen or give them some time to see if I have a new queen and if she'll start laying. The bees in this hive aren't as dense as the other hives and I'm also wondering if I should steal a frame of sealed brood from another hive to give this one a boost. ???? Thanks in advance for your advice.
     
  2. ibeelearning

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    Lots of possibilities. Send some pics of the "opened" queen cells. If you were queenright 7 days ago, and you don't see queen cells, what you are seeing are emergency cells are under construction.

    Don't panic. It's still early in the season in the mid-south. And you have other colonies. Welcome to the learning curve.
     

  3. james007

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    Thanks. I'll try to get some pics tomorrow if the monsoon season will let up.
    Thanks much.
     
  4. Barbarian

    Barbarian New Member

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    I wouldn't rush to buy a new queen.

    One scenario is that there is a Q present but she's hiding. If a Q is present the bees will be working normally. They will be bringing in nectar and pollen. They will be moving calmly over the comb and polishing empty brood cells.

    I would give the hive time. With other hives, you have the fall-back to sort things out if it is queenless.
     
  5. james007

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    My guess is that I lost her during robbing maybe a couple of weeks ago. If so I think I'm looking at two more weeks before the new queen starts laying and I'm seeing eggs? I guess a queenless hive can hold things together that long?
     
  6. camero7

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    Usually takes about 6 weeks for laying workers to start. I'd move a frame of eggs/larvae into the hive as insurance.
     
  7. james007

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    That sounds right. The hive is pretty sparce and I'm afraid they might have a hard time waiting that long. Thanks
     
  8. camero7

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    If they start to build queen cells you'll know for sure the hive is queenless. If they don't look for new eggs and larvae before buying a new queen.
     
  9. james007

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    Found 3 supercedure cells open and empty. I think there may be a new queen. Guess I'll check for eggs in a few days. Thanks
     
  10. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I would consider adding a frame of brood and eggs anyway, just in case.
     
  11. james007

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    That sounds like a real good idea. I have a very strong hive that would be a good one to steal from. Thanks!