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Offline mushmushi

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small hive (1 deep) has two queens
« on: July 18, 2011, 09:54:49 PM »
Hey beekeepers,

I checked a hive that came from a split today and I found two queens in it.

There are newly fresh laid eggs so the older queen is still in there.

A new queen that hatched from the queen swarm cells was on the same frame, but on the other side.

How long before the workers eliminate or they eliminate each other ?

Could the hive possibly have both queens for an extended period of time ?

(I've heard about this case in supercedure procedure where the old queen is still around for a bit).

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Re: small hive (1 deep) has two queens
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011, 10:26:14 PM »
They will meet, one will die.

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Re: small hive (1 deep) has two queens
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 10:44:56 PM »
There are cases where there are mother daughter queens both in a single hive for a while. 

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Re: small hive (1 deep) has two queens
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2011, 12:01:05 PM »
There are cases where there are mother daughter queens both in a single hive for a while. 



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Re: small hive (1 deep) has two queens
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2011, 12:24:29 PM »
it's not a bad thing.  it won't last, but if both are laying they build up more quickly.  the old queen may not be doing anything so you never can tell......
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Re: small hive (1 deep) has two queens
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2011, 01:27:46 PM »
Likely they will both last until winter and one will disappear sometime around then.
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