I continue to have numerous problems with hives going queenless causing me to have to pull brood frames from other healthy hives to allow them to raise a new one. This practice is not sustainable. I don’t know why all these queens are failing – hives look completely healthy otherwise. I’ve setup 2 Nucs at the Brooks yard – split from two of the better hives to suplement the queen rearing needs. PTC and Woolsey yards seem to be most affected by this phenominon – which is funny because they are in very rural locations and have abudant forage.
I’ll be running a bucket of sugar syrup & mega-bee out to PTC and Woolsey tomorrow to supplement the forage and hopefully encourage the queenless hives to do a better job replacing their queen.
Looks good. 4 Frames of bees – lots of brood. No SHB. Treated with powdered sugar.
Not so good. 2 Frames of bees. No Brood or eggs. More queen problems. Pulled a frame of brood from PTC 1.
Again – no brood. Pulled brood frame from #4 Not Cool.
Looks ok. Not going gangbusters, but there were brood and eggs.
Looks ok. Brood and eggs, but spotty pattern.
Doing great. Lots of brood and eggs. Treated with powdered sugar. No SHB.
Good eggs and brood. 3 frames of bees. No SHB. Treated with powdered sugar.
Good eggs and brood.
Most of the brood that was in the honey super has since hatched out. Looks like I lucked out and the queen was in the bottom deep when I put the excluder on last week. The bees are moving into the honey super and reusing the old brood cells for honey storage. So far 4 frames are drawn out, but none capped over yet.
Ready for 2nd deep. Pulled 2 frames brood and honey and split off Nuc. Replaced frames with foundation.
Looks good. Bees have moved up into the 2nd deep and have begun to draw out comb.
No real change. Some activity in honey super, but no comb drawn out. Bottom deep is full of bees.
This is probably the most enthusiastic queen I’ve ever seen. Pulled 2 frames and started Nuc. Replaced frames with foundation.
New nuc colony for purposes of queen raising. Split from Brooks 2
New nuc colony for purposes of queen raising. Split from Brooks 5.