These ladies can even fool an oldtimer

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Iddee, May 7, 2011.

  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Checked a hive two weeks ago. Lots of bees, but too many drones and no eggs or larva. Checked it again last weekend. Even more drones and no eggs or larva, so I added a frame of eggs. Checked that frame today for queen cells. SURPRISE! Instead of cells, I found eggs and new larva.
    No signs of swarming. No signs of queen cells. Nothing to give a clue that anything happened other than a lost queen. Very sneaky, for sure.

    They never cease to amaze me.
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    The only thing constant about bees is their inconsistancy! :mrgreen:
     

  3. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Maybe she was away at a yoga retreat. Having thousands of babies would do that to you.

    Sometimes I wonder what percentage of 'queenless' hives aren't!

    I like it that bees can fool us sometimes! :D
     
  4. rast

    rast New Member

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    Maybe that's one of those things that works for others but has never worked for me. Kicking a queen back in gear by putting a frame in there like you did.
    Now you got to get back to your cloake board to make some queens the hard way :) .
     
  5. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Rast, I checked my cloake board today. There's eggs above the excluder. I've got to go through it tomorrow and see what is going on.
     
  6. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    I like that too! Yeah, she was probably away having a day of silence.
     
  7. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I can almost not hear the sound of O-M from here.
     
  8. milapostol

    milapostol New Member

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    What is not the sound of one hand clapping?