If, a week after the 3rd frame is installed and you still see no sighs of queens cells it is time to shake out the hive and install another frame of brood, after that do a combine with the laying worker hive above.
Oh wow Annette,How frustrating, this is one of my biggest fears...laying workers...hope this time is the charm for you and the hive!
The further away you can shake out the hive the better, in the city it might have to be done in the front yard when bees are in the back yard. At my place I'd shake them out down by the barn which is close to 100 yards away from the bee yard.
If you put a queen rite hive on top of the hive with the laying workers (double screen between them) would that fool them into believing they two were also queen rite? Steve
The only thing I feel really badly about right now, is I am disturbing my one and only good hive which is making so much honey. I keep taking frames of brood from them when they need to be strong now. It also takes me some time to find the right frame of brood and I had to open up each and every super until I finally found the right frames. I guess they will be fineHave a great dayAnnette
BMAC. Hold it with killing that queen that is laying multiple eggs. I remember reading here that sometimes when a queen begins laying for the first time that she will for a short time lay multiple eggs, she will sort that out and be OK. Just a thought here. Best of this beautiful and wonderful day, Cindi
I've been wondering also about the effects of taking brood from a strong hive to give to a queenless hive. Although they are strong, this is the time of year that stealing brood may seem detrimental. I try to find a bit of sunlight to shine down into the cells when looking for eggs. Tiny little suckers. I think I'm going to invest in a magnifying glass.Derrick
Well I did the deed for my laying workers last night. I shoot them all and killed them. revocered the boxes and placed them on other needed colonies.
Quote from: BMAC on May 01, 2008, 08:34:19 AMWell I did the deed for my laying workers last night. I shoot them all and killed them. revocered the boxes and placed them on other needed colonies.That is a lot of .22 shells. Or did you go with something bigger? :-P