Re: A Beekeeping Question! Requeening a laying worker hive
- TONS of activity inside and outside the hive today, one of our warmest days of the year. PaYing close attention for several minutes I witnessed a great deal of bees returning with full pollen sacks. The spring bloom is starting early this year with stands of mustard in early blossom.
I also noticed a variety of rosemary, which grows like a weed here and is used extensively for landscaping, was also in bloom and the thicket was thick with foraging honeybees.
I think it's clear that with the activity I witnessed today that there's a queen inside that hive box and she is indeed "getting busy."
--- In Beekeeping@yahoogroups.com, Mike S wrote:
> >>> Unlike foragers, that laying worker has only been out of the hive one time.
> I'm not sure that I agree with the above statement. I have heard of no study citing the above fact that a laying worker has only been out of the hive one time. What is the source of this statement? I'm not saying it's wrong. I just question the validity.
> Mike in LA
Yep, looks like you either missed the queen or she may be a late raised home grown queen and might be small. Looks like that will be enough to keep the hive alive and that is a good thing. But, I would plan on requeening just to be on the safe side as soon as it is warm enough.
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