author=sc-bee link=topic=21861.msg167224#msg167224 date=1241426931]
I don't remember how may hives you had, just that you split 1 big hive into 3 parts. If you have other hives you might try adding another frame or two of brood from one of those other hives to each frame of bees with egss, larvae, or capped queen cells.
Are you saying split the parent hive further? I understand this supercedeing of new queens is fairly common. This is often due to queens banked to sell and not laying properly when introduced. I have read this is why alot of people introduce new queens in push in cages?
The longer a queen is held in a queen bank and not laying eggs, the better the chance of her developing some problem the hive doesn't like, often just a change in the phermones she is producing.
The above is piggybacking off of your question because I have a hive doing the same to a new queen and it was a weak hive I replaced the queen in. Is this a different situation and handled different from the above strong hive.
I guess my general question is about any hive strong or weak superceding a new queen. I have been told they don't like the new queen let them supercede her. I understand the reasoning but wonder about losing the new queen and time lost for the queen cell to hatch etc. If you take the cells out is there a chance the new queens pheromone will catch up and the hive will stop trying to replace her?
Some queen, with genetic faults, pass those same faults onto any queen that supercedes her. This can cause an endless progression of supercedure with the hive getting progressively weaker. There is only 2 cures for this situation: 1. kill the queen and supercedure cells and combine, or 2. kill the queen and supercedure cells and combine from an outside source, that is a new line of stock.