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Hi all,
Amateur beekeeper here and in need of some guidance on what I should do here. I have found my hive with multiple queen cells, no eggs but still has some frames of brood. Is this a sign the queen is being replaced naturally and should I try source and then replace with a caged queen instead? Any help would be appreciated. Cheers

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Multiple queen cells could be an emergency response.. have you worked the colony recently? 

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It sounds like they are replacing their queen.

If your hive is strong there’s no need to source a mated Queen let nature take its course and fingers crossed in a few weeks you will have a lovely new queen heading the hive.

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On 17/08/2019 at 11:33 PM, Koiar said:

Hi all,
Amateur beekeeper here and in need of some guidance on what I should do here. I have found my hive with multiple queen cells, no eggs but still has some frames of brood. Is this a sign the queen is being replaced naturally and should I try source and then replace with a caged queen instead? Any help would be appreciated. Cheers

Do you have a photo of the frame with the queen cells please.

Also how strong is the hive.

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On 18/08/2019 at 6:44 AM, frazzledfozzle said:

It sounds like they are replacing their queen.

If your hive is strong there’s no need to source a mated Queen let nature take its course and fingers crossed in a few weeks you will have a lovely new queen heading the hive.

 

you think there will be fertile drones available in Christchurch in 2-3 weeks time?

 

i agree with trevor, a picture will help figuring out if its emergency cells (i bet it is)

 

provided it is emergency cells you can either let them do their thing, but i dont see how the virgin queen would get to be mated (a local from chch will be able to tell if theres a chance) or what i would do here is either get a mated queen or just break all cells and merge the hive with another one (after a good inspection).

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My laid back beeking way would be to ignore it for three weeks, and have another look when the climate is milder.

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Hi all,

 

Thanks for your responses and apologies for my slow response. 

I have attached a photo of my situation. 

 

Cheers,

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More than likely emergency cells resulting from the loss of the queen .

 

Do those bees have enough honey on board ? There should be food stored around that brood 

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Yes, I believe there is enough food.

 

I dont see any drones around so I dont see how having a virgin queen in the hive would be useful. Should I try hold out until there are caged queens available and replace the virgin?

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You may not have drones in your hive but there will be drones around 

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7 hours ago, Koiar said:

Yes, I believe there is enough food.

 

I dont see any drones around so I dont see how having a virgin queen in the hive would be useful. Should I try hold out until there are caged queens available and replace the virgin?

Let them do what they are doing , then once the new queen is laying , check the brood caps to see if they are worker or drones . You can then deal with it if you need to 

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