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Offline pdmattox

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« on: May 20, 2006, 03:43:04 PM »
How to requeen a queenless hive with no brood just 2 frames of honey and pollen.

Offline Finsky

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2006, 03:57:38 PM »
2 frames bees take really much time to get hive. If you get a swarm it is much easier raise colony before winter.

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2006, 05:10:04 PM »
If you're sure it's really queenless (i am in the same quandry at the moment with one of my hives) the quickest way would be to purchase a new queen from a reliable source. Do you have any brood available from other hives?

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2006, 05:30:35 PM »
You likely have a virgin queen in the hive who hasn't started laying. But they might be queenless.  A frame of eggs and brood is the only way to tell for sure.  If they don't start queen cells in a couple of days then they have a queen that isn't laying yet.  It takes only 10 or 11 days for them to raise a queen and have her emerge.  It takes another two weeks before she starts to lay.  By then all the brood has emerged.

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