Ok and so begins my annual swarm prevention /queenless hive saga.
Thought I had it sorted this year, but if course the bees have thrown up a senario I didnt think of.
I split my lovely peaceful hive and left them to make a new queen. Want to keep the genetics going on that one. It’s descendant from our 1st ever queen. Tick!
Ordered a queen and was going to split it and put a mated queen in the hive the split came from. 1st problem is that Australia post is melting down and who knows when the queen will arrive. She was supposed to be here last week. In the meantime today’s inspection found a supercedure cell and a queen cell on the same frame, an open supercedure cell on another frame.
There are more bees than I’ve ever seen in a hive, BUT, no eggs or larvae anywhere. The marked queen was seen 2 weeks ago, and there were no queen cells at that time. Pretty obvious it’s Queenless with the lack of larvae and eggs.
So… anyone still with me?.. we did a split and put the frame with 2 queen cells in, this should right itself when they hatch, and, hoping with everything crossed that there is a virgin from the open supercedure cell out there somewhere soon to return to the hive the split came from.
Let’s say Australia post sorts out it’s incompetence and the queen shows up this week… What happens if we introduce a mated queen while the virgin the hive just produced is out mating? Who bites the dust? Assuming there is even a virgin out there.
Have I done the right thing with the splits and my Queen theory?
The memory of losing a hive our first swarm season purely due to inexperience is etched in my brain and I really don’t want it to happen again.
I can’t take any egg frames from the other hive to help out, because that was split 2 weeks ago and it shouldn’t have any eggs. I should be able to get a frame of eggs from the 2 week old split, it’s in my parents yard, but I can’t do that until next weekend because of work.
Jeezus that sounds complicated when I read it back. I hope it makes sense to you guys.
Don’t know what I would do without this forum, thank you all in advance… Again.