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Author Topic: Laying Worker Hive is Back in Business  (Read 955 times)
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« on: June 18, 2009, 08:52:28 PM »

One of our packages went queenless and then laying worker.  I was about to shake it out when Robo and Irwin suggested I use a special cage that Robo built to introduce queens.  Well, it worked for Irwin, and today I learned that it worked for me too.  It did not quite work out as planned.  The cage was in there for three weeks, but when I opened the hive a couple of days ago, all the attendants were dead and the queen was just running around inside the cage frame. To get her out, I had to remove the screen and shake her into the hive.  I was worried about, but I do not have a lot time to wait on her.  My worker force is declining daily.  So today, I did an inspection and on the last frame (#10) I found a few bees about the size of a coffee cup diameter acting differently.  I stared longer and found the queen and watched her lay in a few cells.  I put it away happy that this worked and hopeful for its future.

I do have one question, however, should I be feeding now?  They have the equivalent of one full frame of honey but it is scattered about on several frames. 

Thanks to Robo and to Irwin for your help. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2009, 09:09:14 PM »

I would feed 1:1 until they can build up the numbers.  Preferably not an entrance feeder.
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2009, 07:38:28 AM »

>They have the equivalent of one full frame of honey but it is scattered about on several frames. 

Feed --- also some pollen supplement would probably help too if you have none coming in or stored in comb.
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2009, 09:25:22 AM »

I'm glad it worked out for you grin
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