Bees Newest Latest Crisis

Bees Newest Latest Crisis

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:20 pm

Hey, does anyone remember the scene in the Movie "While You Were Sleeping" where the father and son are sharing an early morning donut when the father reflects that just for a moment you look around and say to yourself "everyone, everything is good and you can smile to yourself" only for the son to say "this isn't that moment dad." :)

That's how I'm feeling about my bees. Just when I thought I had them all established and could relax until the fall harvest I found the second hive had rejected the queen I brought and had been queenless for about 3 weeks. There were no eggs or young larva in the hive. Remember, that’s what happened in my other hive, too.

In this latest crisis, the last time I saw the brought queen was on the 12th. The hive did raise a new queen but that queen hadn’t started to lay eggs yet. And just to make things interesting, it appears that this new queen’s wing maybe damaged. I couldn’t tell if she made her maiden flights to collect sperm or not. If that hasn’t happened, I’m screwed because there wasn't any eggs or young larva to make into a second queen. To top that off I left town right after finding this and couldn't even order and receive a new mated queen to install in the hive. Bummer.

mmm... the best I could do was exactly what I did when my first hive went queenless. I took a comb of eggs and young larva from the other hive and put it in the newly “queenless” one.
That hive had grown and had plenty of eggs to share. Transferring that comb would at least provide eggs and larva so that the girls could raise a new queen if needed. If the young “damaged?” queen I saw wasn’t rejected by the hive and she starts laying I’ve only added additional workers which the hive can use anyway. If the hive raises a new queen and the damaged queen is still there, there will be a fight to the death. Cool huh? I think I have my bases covered.

I won’t be able to tell if this worked or not until I get back from GA next week but at least I don’t have to keep walking by the hives daily and wonder what’s going on inside. Patience is not my strong suite.

I’ll update everyone when I get back home. Take care, Lisa
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Re: Bees Newest Latest Crisis

PostBy: lsayre On: Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:46 pm

The way I see it, you have been quite patient, diligent, persistent, etc... Best of luck!
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Re: Bees Newest Latest Crisis

PostBy: Freddy On: Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:56 pm

It will all work out. I'll keep my fingers crossed just in case they need a bit of luck. Certainly you are doing your best. Such a learning process!
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Re: Bees Newest Latest Crisis

PostBy: Sting On: Fri Jul 05, 2013 3:49 pm

Old Dead Bee keepers used to clip one of the Qb wings
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Re: Bees Newest Latest Crisis

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:36 pm

Sting wrote:Old Dead Bee keepers used to clip one of the Qb wings


Yeah... that's why I have a sliver of hope that she may be ok. It all depends on how bad the girls think it is and if she had made her maiden flights before she was injured. I'll find out on Monday. Take care, Lisa
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Re: Bees Newest Latest Crisis

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sat Jul 06, 2013 5:06 pm

lowfog01 wrote:
Sting wrote:Old Dead Bee keepers used to clip one of the Qb wings


Yeah... that's why I have a sliver of hope that she may be ok. It all depends on how bad the girls think it is and if she had made her maiden flights before she was injured. I'll find out on Monday. Take care, Lisa

Could also be that se was newly hatched and her wings hadn't set up yet. Don't fret, you did good giving them a backup frame of eggs and young larvae. That should be enough of a foundation for them to sort it all out by themselves. They usually know better than we do!
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Re: Bees Newest Latest Crisis

PostBy: lowfog01 On: Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:10 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:
lowfog01 wrote:
Sting wrote:Old Dead Bee keepers used to clip one of the Qb wings


Yeah... that's why I have a sliver of hope that she may be ok. It all depends on how bad the girls think it is and if she had made her maiden flights before she was injured. I'll find out on Monday. Take care, Lisa

Could also be that se was newly hatched and her wings hadn't set up yet. Don't fret, you did good giving them a backup frame of eggs and young larvae. That should be enough of a foundation for them to sort it all out by themselves. They usually know better than we do!


So I'm beginning to believe. Thanks for the input, Lisa
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