Inspection day if the weather holds. The goal is to have a mated queen in my hive A hive and see eggs and capped brood. If not rob a frame of eggs from another hive to help hive A. Prepping a super for hive A as it’s full though not capped. I’m placing the new super on top of the flow super. This will be my first experience in doing this so I hope I’m on track. I’ll check on the forum to see who weighs in on where the super should be. Thanks everyone for all the support and kindness! whoop!
On top of the Flow super, if you are going to do it at all.
I am! However I was waylaid because my Dog stole dinner, a frozen chicken I took out to thaw and after recovering from that mess it started to rain and has not let up since. However, I have a box prepped and ready for a post inspection addition to the hive. Whoop!
That is so much like “The dog stole my homework”. I love it. I may quote it some time. Thank you for the best laugh of the day, @Martha.
OK, I know it isn’t really funny when your pet steals your human food, so I am sorry for the inconvenience. But thank you for sharing it in a light-hearted way.
The only fear was his potential consumption of plastic. Never the less, he didn’t eat any but he did lay on the grass panting for air until it rained then he moved his full stomach inside.
Here’s where I’m at. My hive A is queenless. This is the one that has filled the honey super. I inspected all 3 hives and after all the power lifting I’m going in tomorrow to from hive B with a frame of eggs to hive A. Then I’ll add the super to the queenless hive. My 2 other hives are cranking out baby bees with their home grown queens. whoot!
Hi Martha, look at that beautiful brood & honey. That’s what beekeepers dreams are made of.
Thanks! Now I need to make a queen for one hive that shows no signs of one. After all that lifting I have to do it all over again!
Great looking frames of capped brood Martha, you have an excellent queen with no wasted cell on the frames. Cheers
agree- that is great looking brood! Is that the hive that you suspect is queenless? If so go ahead and get a frame with fresh eggs and small larvae on it from one of your other hives and swap it with a frame from that hive. Place it near the middle somewhere where the bees cluster. Mark it at the top so you know which frame it is. If the bees are truly queenless- they will soon start making another one. with all that capped brood the population of that hive should soon recover. You could check that frame again in 4 days or so to confirm that the bees have made a start to at least one queen cell- and/or to recheck to see if there are any eggs visible anywhere- in case maybe you have a queen after all.
When checking take care as a queen cell might be protruding and could get dmaged. After the four days- assuming there is a cell- leave the hive along for around 1 month- by that time the queen should be mated and laying. Apparently the new queen is very vulnerable aroudn the time she emerges and over the next week as she dries out and heads out for mating flights. It’s best to leave the hive well alone during that period.
I just re-read what you wrote and saw that was already your plan.
The queenless hive is the one with honey! And that had frames of cells that were empty. So I’m going to look for eggs in the hive with a queen and exchange frames. Thanks for the time frame.
Just interested in why you are so keen to add a super to the queenless hive A.
My thoughts would be more inclined to consolidate your brood box with new queen than to give your bees a whole new empty box on top to think about.
I know you are swarm wary but your hive A will decline rapidly (daily) without a queen so thats what I would focus on. Just my thoughts.
PS: Love your pic and not sure about the political correctness, but you certainly outshine your avitar.
Its all right @Dawn_SD your still my favourite.
It’s packed with honey and it’s still packed with bees.
love your beekeeping face @Martha! and those honey & brood frames ain’t bad either, wow!!
Hi Busso, I’m not keen on having a queenless hive. I did add two frames of eggs and capped brood to the hive today. The hive with honey in the super and discussion on bee space swarmed and I thought with the queen cells it had, it would successfully make a queen. It did not and the bees are still bringing in nectar. Now that my 2 other hives are back in business with new queens I’m trying to make one. I hope I made it clear that I’m not trying to get honey from a queenless hive.
How long ago did it last have a queen? If less than 5 or 6 weeks, you may have a virgin or very recently-mated queen in there. Don’t despair!
I have a queenless hive as well that I keep giving eggs. A week or so ago it had queen cells that had been opened so I was sure it had a virgin mating. I put one more frame of eggs in a few days ago for support and a test and they are making more queen cells. Something must have happened to the virgin queen while mating or something. It happens. Just keep giving eggs, they will eventually succeed.
It’s been about 3 weeks so I added a frame of eggs and some of mixed capped brood and the more developed eggs. I’m working it!
OK folks, I tried to get a queen started In my one hive and failed at it though I transferred 6 frames at different intervals. So I ordered one and she arrives today. Now this leaves me with another dilemma. Should I put that super on a different hive? I have a hive that is bringing in the nectar like crazy. Can I double stack 2 flow supers on top of one another while the nectar ripens? I think I’m going to give it a go until the queen is accepted or I have to add more frames. Fingers crossed my hive accepts a new queen! Plus I can get a medium to put on the other hive in case they store some nectar.
You can double stack Flow Hive Supers, treat the hive exactly the same as you would a double stacked Langstroth — till it is time to extract the honey - of course.
Your a lucky girl to have that sort of dilemma