- Nov 8, 2008
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- Nr Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
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One of my hives the queen stopped laying in Septemberish. My mentor came to find the queen for me in October to mark her, as I wanted to requeen in spring, he picked up on a lack of young brood and told me to keep an eye on it and he was going to unite two of his colonies so I could possibly have one of those queens, well then the weather turned. I spoke to him on Friday and he said the weather was going to be good on Saturday and I was to have a quick look to see if she'd started again. Well there was no brood at all but it was absolutely heaving with stores and plenty of bees. I then had a quickie in the hive with my new queen as I wanted to put some polysyrene end boards in. I was horrified to discover hardly any stores in there at all despite being fed nearly as well as the previous one. I say nearly because they didn't take the syrup quite as quickly, so some nights I didn't have to refill as it hadn't been taken. Anyway I took 2 frames of food from the good one, but now am worried. I don't want to lose the colony with the new queen.