Just checked the hives at home - STILL having Queen problems. Hive 2 has gone Queenless again, and has drone layers, so I took a frame of eggs from hive 5 to put in there. This will hopefully suppress the drone layers, and they will make a couple of emergency Queen cells from the young … Continue reading Queen Problems
Checked all the hives today, getting straight now hopefully. Hive 1, Queenright with capped honey in the super, and stores in the brood box - no feed needed. Hive 2, released the new Queen from the introduction cage, candy was almost through, so I let her out anyway. Left a rapid feeder with 1:1 sugar … Continue reading Looking Better
Checked my hives last Friday and Saturday, all ok (Queen problems aside). Yesterday, a new Queen I'd ordered arrived, and on checking the hive before introducing her, I was surprised to see dead bees - they had smashed through all the honey/nectar stores and were dying from starvation. I quickly knocked up 5L of 1:1 … Continue reading Good and Bad
My bees at Lytchett are faring a bit better than the ones at home, but not much honey still. The frame of eggs I moved into the Queenless hive did the trick, with several emergency Queen cells having been raised. Some were very small, and poor quality, so I destroyed them and left one good … Continue reading Better News
Bloody bees! Splashed out on two new Queens, one has turned out to be a drone layer, the other one is hardly laying at all, and after nearly three weeks, should be going great guns. Now I don't have any colonies strong enough to support my Queen rearing program, and will have to squish and … Continue reading Oh Bother!
Another Queenless hive. Queen 21 seen, all good, but Queen 18 is definitely missing - didn't see her last week, no eggs, in fact no brood at all. I couldn't see a Queen in the hive at all. I took a frame of eggs from another hive to see if they start emergency Queen cells, and will … Continue reading Queenless
My Queen rearing (and beekeeping in general) has suffered a major setback. I opened a nuc yesterday to transfer cells into two Queen less hives, only to see the newly emerged Queens take flight as I lifted the crown board. Now I have no young brood, no queen cells, and possibly four queen less hives. … Continue reading Set-back
Supercedure cells are created when the bees want to replace the existing queen, who they have decided is no longer up to the job. This could be because she may be old, she may be damaged or many other reasons.
Setting up new hives from over-wintered nucs