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ozebee
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« on: May 08, 2013, 02:10:29 AM »

I am trying to build up a small nuc after a trap out. I have managed to get them to make a new queen and she seems to be laying - although not in great numbers. It is autumn here now but the weather has been good and still quite warm - over 20 deg C during the day.  Have been feeding them a little and regularly check on them.
Yesterday I found it interesting to find the queen all by herself on an empty frame - she just kept on wandering round the frame - perhaps inspecting.  I enticed her to get back on a frame with some bees and she seemed quite happy. A couple of pictures attached.

Is it normal for the queen to wander off by herself like that?





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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 09:01:38 AM »

The queen tends to traverse the entire hive from time to time, but spends most of her time in the brood nest with her attendants.  Typically the will follow her...
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