Supercedure Queen not laying?

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  1. Jen

    Jen New Member

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    Hi all.
    One of our 6 hives has a strange situation.
    The queen was a result of supercedure. After 24 days she still hadn't started laying and the bees were unusually tetchy so we put a frame of eggs from another hive just in case they wanted to replace her but they just capped them all and no Q cells.
    We are now, at least 20 days after she would have emerged and still no eggs. Can a queen take so much longer to start laying? Also the bees are not as calm as they used to be so could she be a failed queen?
     
  2. Gypsi

    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Queen won't lay during a dearth. What is your nectar flow looking like right now. Are you feeding syrup? If no nectar and no syrup she won't lay
     

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    Hi. Checked yesterday and she started to lay!! Yeah!
    That's good to know about the dearth although there is plenty of stores in the 2 supers.
     
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    Gypsi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Queens look to the future when deciding whether to lay. Nectar or syrup is future honey, eggs are future bees.