Silly girls, refuse queen.

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by G3farms, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    I have a nuc that just refuses to make a queen or take a bought queen.

    May 27 made 5 frame nuc with 3 frames of brood (from eggs to capped) and 2 frames of honey & pollen
    June 3 no queen cells and swapped out a frame for more brood
    June 9 no queen cells and intro a bought queen in a JZBZ cage
    June 12 queen released from cage
    June 15 no queen in sight and no eggs, swapped out another frame of brood
    June 22 no queen cells, swapped out another frame of brood
    June 29 no queen cells, swapped out another frame of brood

    I just can't figure this hive out, they are still bringing in pollen and nectar.
    No evidence of mites and only saw one SHB.

    I am out of ideas here, need some input!

    G3
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    First suggestion..... Turn your calender around. It's going backward. :confused: :eek: :lol:
     

  3. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    There I fixed that, no wonder everything was disappearing!! :lol: :lol: I must have had bees going backwards all this time.
     
  4. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    First, I have no idea what is wrong.

    Second, I would suspect an unmated queen. Search each frame thoroughly as you remove them. Then search the bees remaining in the box. Then search each frame as you put them back in. Look especially for a very small queen.
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Did that last week and this week, no queen that I could find
     
  6. beehandler

    beehandler New Member

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    do a newspaper combine......then in a few weeks,split up and add queen then.
     
  7. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    some 'splits' will just not make cells and then some 'splits' are quite talented at hiding any cells they do construct. eventually laying workers makes requeening impossible. I cannot understand, given the time that has passed, why laying workers are not a real issue.

    like beehandler I would suggest you recombine and start over. before doing so I would look once again since the calendar is about right for a new queen to begin laying.
     
  8. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    Well check the nuc this afternoon and have one capped queen cell.

    We'll see what happens, if they don't take this queen it will be combine time. Maybe put them with the cut out bees Ben and me are doing tomorrow.