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hello all, is it to late to try and put a new queen into a hive ??

 

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Yes. The hive should be all snugged down for winter by now & left alone.

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duno looks to bee the queen has disappeared completely since last visit into the hive

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No eggs this time of the year is fine.

 

She can be there.

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im sure she isnt there cause is marked and only in a nuc box

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im sure she isnt there cause is marked and only in a nuc box

Queens can be sneaky. Did you check the floor and walls of the nuc?

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have cheeked over the nuc box completely 3 times :mad:

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have cheeked over the nuc box completely 3 times :mad:

I could not find my queen today.

She is marked , I normally see her , but I found a few eggs.

I have a queen in a small nuc who I struggle to find. She always goes to the side of the box.

This queen has had a very hard life of being in a robbed hive.

It is a very weak nuc I am nursing . She is laying constantly now but the bees are restricting the grub development to numbers of brood they can cover.

There is a small cluster of brood about to hatch . It will be interesting to see how much more bees extend the grub development

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If the answer is No, its too late...what are @oliver options or recommended actions?

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This is just the situation where the Original Poster should list his option(s) in order of likelihood of benefit, and then argue the case for or against each. The more experienced bee keepers critique his logic.

That's the way to learn bee keeping.

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If the answer is No, its too late...what are @oliver options or recommended actions?

 

i.e. combine the nuc with another hive.

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Cut your losses and start again in the spring.... shake survivor bees out in front of another hive.

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Where i live, technically a hive can be requeened any time of year. Just, the odds of being able to get a queen at this time are close to zero. However I have done it midwinter using my own queens from time to time.

 

Greymouth, and bees in a tight winter cluster, not quite sure how that would work.

 

What I would suggest Oliver, is if you have other hives that have brood put a comb with eggs into the queenless one. This is a test, if the bees build queen cells then you know they are queenless. However you cannot use those queen cells they will not mate at this time. Kill the queen cells and combine the nuc with another hive. If they do not build queen cells, leave the hive as it is.

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yesterday i cheeked again no queen, so i got another weakish hive with a queen and have combined them together :) should all be well

thanks for the help though

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