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My queen has left me and now I have a queenless hive.

I've been trying to get a hold of a new one through trademe and reddit, but without any luck. Or rather: some may become available 16th of November onwards.

Does anybody know any beekeepers that's selling mated queens and that are available sooner?

I'm based in Wellington.

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How did this occur?

Are you sure the queen didn't leave behind swarm cells which will provide her replacement? Queens don't tend to leave a hive without queen cells already built, or in the case of dying, means for the hive to raise a replacement emergency queen.

 

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Do you have another hive? If so it would be advisable to pop a frame of eggs from it into the supposedly queenless one and check in three days to see if they have made queen cells. If so, your hive is queenless. If  not, there is a queen there, maybe a virgin. If you try to introduce a mated queen when there is a virgin running round, they will kill the new queen. And if they have raised cells,  don't introduce a mated queen until you have removed every queen cell they have made.

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