Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
Hello All. I need a little help. I have only 2 hives, and both have been queenless for close to 3 weeks. I believe I now have a laying worker in both hives. I saw a technique on youtube by Jason Chrisman, where He put a new box in the old hive's location, but set inside only a frame with queen-right brood and dumped all the bees in front of the hive and let them all walk back in. This time the pheromones were different, and then he introduced a new queen, and she was received. QUESTION: Does anyone have 2 frames with some brood that I can buy or buy & swap for frames with good drawn comb? Hopefully I'll prevent this from ever happening again. Thank you.
Are you completely satisfied that they are laying workers? Eggs not centered, multiple eggs sometimes, spotty brood pattern, etc.? They didn't replace the old queen with a supersedure queen, and she's mated and just starting to come online with brood, or something?
I'm not completely satisfied, which is why I'm planning to look AGAIN today when I get home from work. However, the laying pattern was spotty and most if not all of the eggs I saw were off-centered. I don't recall seeing multiple eggs in a single cell though. Going to look hard again for a queen... and keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for the comment.