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Offline Nardi

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All Drones in my new hive - Please advise.
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:47:33 PM »
   On 5/18, I installed 2 (3lb.) packages into TBHs. I've checked & fed them every 3-5 days. One hive seems to be doing well, has capped brood & larva. I did see the queen, but could not see eggs. Both hives have been calm & gentle, have built comb etc.
   The other hive has Larva and what looks like capped Drone brood, but no worker brood. I could not locate the Queen. If the weather is OK, I'll try to find her again tomorrow. Thanks for any advice.

Offline Caelansbees

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Re: All Drones in my new hive - Please advise.
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2013, 11:07:20 PM »
Post pics of your findings tomorrow.

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Re: All Drones in my new hive - Please advise.
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2013, 11:21:53 PM »
I lost a hive once due to a drone laying queen. Every time I checked I would see the queen and lots of eggs but only drone brood. I finally figured it out when I marked a frame full of eggs in worker cells and the next day they were all empty. I guess the comb police knew they weren't right and hauled them out / eat them or what ever they do. By the time I ordered a queen and she started laying it was too late. Hive beetles moved in and robbers right behind them. The next day when I opened the hive the queen was the only live bee in the hive.

I've lost several hives and I try to Learn something from each of them.

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Re: All Drones in my new hive - Please advise.
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 09:31:36 AM »
Drone cells look like kix cereal.  Worker cells are MOSTLY flat (although slightly convex).  The difference is striking.  If you have all drone cells, you need a new queen ASAP.  In my experience package suppliers who provided a drone laying queen will usually replace her for you.
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