No eggs larva or brood

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by danl, Aug 23, 2015.

  1. danl

    danl New Member

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    Three weeks ago it was full of capped brood. Now it's all full of honey with no eggs larva or brood. Am I queenless? Or did the hive just shut her down.? No swarm bees are plentyful.
     
  2. camero7

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    Should be some brood in the hive... even up here hives have lots of brood still.
     

  3. Guba

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    It sounds like you let the hive get "honey bound". With no place for the queen to lay eggs, she may have left the hive.
     
  4. danl

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    I don't think honey bound is the case as she had 4 drawn and empty frames in top brood box.
     
  5. Ray

    Ray Member

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    In Michigan, I would be thinking about combining a hive like that with a weak one (that has a queen and brood).

     
  6. danl

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    Opened it back up today and spotted the queen so she is there. I also found four open queen cells so I am guessing they replaced her and she had not started laying yet. Today I saw some eggs so I expect all will be ok.
     
  7. camero7

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    I'd feed them for a while. Also add a pollen patty.
     
  8. Gypsi

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    I'd feed but since you are in Alabama I would skip the pollen patty. (shb)
     
  9. danl

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    They are now also drawing comb like mad on the empty frames so I feel good about letting them do what they do
     
  10. danl

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    Well a few weeks later and all is well. Eggs, brood , and honey all present. And the queen is all good. Thanks for the replies.
     
  11. Gypsi

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    Glad they are doing well
     
  12. David34

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    Sometimes bees cover all frames with honey and queen does not have space to lay eggs.