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My virgin queen still hasn't mated after 1 month. Is this a problem? some one told me that they can not be mated if they go longer than 4-5 weeks without successfully mating. Is this true?

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It is getting to the end of chances. When exactly did you put the virgin into the hive. Date required please.

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Hi trevor. I had a primary swarm leave the hive on the 12/10 which i caught and hived. They had a couple of good queen cells so i let them hatch which was on the 15th or 16th of oct. I looked in there on the 08/11 to see no sign of eggs and i could not find her either so I presumed she may have been out on a mating flight as it was a sunny and very warm day. Im just a little worried as we have more crappy weather perdicted until at least tues next week.

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have you had a look since the 8th?

There's every chance she is mated and laying now

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Another week and I would be taking action. Frame of brood from another hive.

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Another week and I would be taking action. Frame of brood from another hive.

Thanks Trev. I have done that twice now. It was nice and strong (2 full fd boxes) but I suspect they wont be so strong once they finely get there own brood emerging. I only have 3 hives and one is not strong enough to take brood from i have givem them 3 full frames so far.

 

 

have you had a look since the 8th?

There's every chance she is mated and laying now

Nah not yet. Its been wet or cold and windy every day since then so im hoping she is mated and laying up a storm in there.

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I have done that twice now. It was nice and strong (2 full fd boxes) but I suspect they wont be so strong once they finely get there own brood emerging. I only have 3 hives and one is not strong enough to take brood from i have givem them 3 full frames so far.

When you put in the framers of brood, did they attempt to raise a Queen Cell. if not, then leave for a week.. Maybe you could combine it with another hive with a queen excluder between the boxes to keep the queens separated. Set it up so that the virgin can use the entrance. Use the newspaper method to combine to stop the bees flying.

When the hive is strong enough then you can resplit.

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When you put in the framers of brood, did they attempt to raise a Queen Cell. if not, then leave for a week.. Maybe you could combine it with another hive with a queen excluder between the boxes to keep the queens separated. Set it up so that the virgin can use the entrance. Use the newspaper method to combine to stop the bees flying.

When the hive is strong enough then you can resplit.

haha funny you should say that. That is exactly what i have done with the other weak hive i have. They did not try to raise a queen when i put the brood in. I might have to bite the bullet and buy a mated queen. I can get a carni queen if need be.

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hello all

went through hives to day and found this in one of them

is it a virgin queen ?

 

thanks

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flippen queen thang flew off :((:(:(

so i now have no virgin queen

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flippen queen thang flew off :(:):)(

so i now have no virgin queen

 

Cripes. :eek:

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Cripes:eek:

Oh come on that words even on an advert!

 

you might be lucky and she went back where she belongs after you left.

not knowing the full story, there might be an other one?

or the resident queen still there?

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flippen queen thang flew off :(:):)(

so i now have no virgin queen

Don't panic yet. They can fly back just as easy

 

The least you play with a virgin the better. They are 'flighty'

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good as

yes i saw fresh eggs and another lot bigger and older queen :)

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