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    Queen help

    Well, whadya know? Had a quick look this arvo and two of the three have eggs. Not many guards and a little depleted in numbers but looking positive. I've put a frame of eggs into the queenless hive and will add another in a few days. Worth combining two of them?
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    Queen help

    I'm on the shore. They're pretty docile and no obvious increase in pollen going in. I'll have another look over the next couple of days
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    Queen help

    Two of these are a couple of years old. One is a split from a swarm this year but no queen present. The others had laying queens until a few weeks back - wonder if one lost theirs during the swarm. Not sure what happened to the other. Regardless, all queenless.
  4. Hi, I'm probably in completely the wrong forum but was wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction... I've got three hives but no queens. I had a couple if queen cells that hatched in one hive but no sign of any activity yet (it's been three and a half weeks). I've tried to source some queens but there is a shortage. Can anyone help?
  5. Well, while I waited for her to settle in a turned my back to look at my other hives (and all of the wasps hanging around!). She may well have bolted at that point. Unfortunately she wasn't marked and I'm terrible at spotting queens so I guess I'll have to check back in a week or two to see if she's still alive and well...
  6. They were very quick to her and piled up but I didn't see any stinging...
  7. I've split a hive and requeened last Tuesday (my first mail order queen - weird). Checked to make sure she got out ok and found her still in the packaging - alive and well but they hadn't made their way through the food. Looked like a fair bit left so I took a chance and opened it up and let her out. I'm hoping it will be ok - is it normal for other bees to rush over to her? Or did I just watch the slaughter of my new queen?
  8. There was just nectar in the brood - I replaced 2 frames with eggs from another hive - they have capped these. Thought they'd have made emergency Q from the eggs if no Q. I'll add a couple more frames of eggs.
  9. Hi all, Two queries. 1/ I have a brood box with no eggs. I wondered if the queen has died/left etc but just to give her a chance I added a couple of frames of eggs from another hive. Checked today and the eggs have been capped but no queen cells have been produced. I'm wondering if this means that I have a queen in there somewhere but she's not laying at the mo. If so, why would she have stopped laying? 2/ Because I only have two hives I tend to extract honey manually. This takes a bit of time so I do a couple of frames at a time. New one for me - one frame had some pollen underneath the capped honey. Some of it was a thick black substance - it looked a little like old capped brood but when I lifted it from the frame it didn't look like nearly ready bees. Any ideas? Regardles, I extracted the honey and put the frames back in the hive now for the bees to clean up.
  10. It's been an ongoing thing. The hive swarmed and eventually returned to the hive queenless. I split them and one hive quickly requeened. The other took a long time and I added brood from another hive to help it along. Eventually had a queen, and she laid for a week or two. Now no eggs for a few weeks - no new eggs to turn into queen but no emergency queen cells either. Because I added frames of brood to an already strong (in numbers) hive, the hive is big but getting old. Activity in and around the hive has been noticeably reduced over the past week or so. I had a good look and there is no evidence of a queen cell that has hatched. I would ideally prefer two hives rather than three as well...
  11. Just after some advice - I have two hives that is a split from earlier this year. Both were QR but it seems that one of the queens has failed - no new eggs or brood for 3 weeks. Thinking of recombining the hives and have read that putting a piece of newspaper, with a slit in it, between the two hives is the way to go. By the time they newbies chew through the paper they will have accepted the new queen. Is this about right?
  12. Fantastic - look like 3 QR hives. Honey boxes on and good for a long summer Thanks again for your help all.
  13. Really didn't occur to me that you could just buy wax. Thanks @Pinnacle, I'll try it out with one of the hives and see how they go. @tudor - if I don't have any queen action within the next couple of weeks is it worth combining the two hives again?
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