Greetings, Not a Queen rearing topic, but pretty close.
One of my hives became queen less and has started to lay only drones. I thought that there may be one laying worker so I put a queen excluder hoping to keep her bounded in the upper or lower hive body. No luck as after a week both bodies show signs of uncapped drone brood. Questions:
1- do hives that lay only drones have one laying worker of more than one?
2- is the worker the same size as a queen? Or can she slip through an excluder?
3- what's my best course of action to prepare for the winter: do I place each hive body separately with a stronger queen-right hive, perhaps using the newspaper trick? Is this hive gone?
1. You can have multiple laying workers.
2. They are the same size as a bee but there abdomen will be a little larger.
3. Take the hive in a wagon 200-300 ft from where it is, shake out all of the bees, do not leave a single bee in the hive. Take the hive back and put it together and let them fly back. The laying workers will not be able to fly back. Then paper join to your other hives. Build up your weakest hives. The alternative to this is to shake them out a few feet from your hives and remove the hive from its original location then add the supers to another hive/hives. The bees will not allow a laying worker to move in their hive and will kill it if she tries. This is what I did with a hive 2 months ago