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House Bee
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« on: April 28, 2008, 08:11:44 PM »

I have a hive (#1) that swarmed!!  Not thinking, I took out some of the queen cells until I realized they were emergency q. cells and left 4 of them alone.  That was 2 weeks ago, and I just checked, they still haven't emerged.  What could have happened?

Should I combine this hive with #2, or give them some eggs/brood from #2 which is booming - (already has 4 drawn supers) as of today and hope that they rear a queen and make it?

I'm a bit confused Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2008, 08:59:52 PM »

Give them the eggs/brood. If they need it they will use it. If not, it will just boost the hive.


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Michael Bush
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2008, 10:35:57 PM »

The safest bet when queenlessness is suspected is to give a frame of eggs and open brood.  It will postpone laying workers (because the pheromones from the brood supress them) and it will give them the wherewithal to make a queen IF they need one and it won't hurt if they don't need one.

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