Quantcast

Eggs, Whats wrong?

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

Busy Bee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
461
Reaction score
0
Location
N. Ireland
Hive Type
national
I have a nuc which I looked at Saturday. There is eggs everywhere but I can't find the queen. I looked today still can't find the queen eggs not capped nor jellied. all eggs looked quite normal. Can't figure this out.

Any ideas


Busy Bee.
 

grizzly 

Drone Bee
Joined
Nov 9, 2008
Messages
1,106
Reaction score
0
Location
Hampshire
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
6
As Hivemaker says, did you see just one egg in each cell ?
 

Busy Bee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
461
Reaction score
0
Location
N. Ireland
Hive Type
national
One egg per cell, and in the middle of the cells?
Yep as above, looks like typical brood pattern. Its as if the quuen laid up the nuc and Fked off. It seems as if the bees are waiting for next instruction or event. Very strange behaviour.

Maybe I need to take a much closer look and see if there is and irregular laying. 3 frames all eggs its hard to believe nothing else has happened.


Busy Bee
 

MuswellMetro 

Queen Bee
Joined
Oct 1, 2009
Messages
6,512
Reaction score
18
Location
London N10
Hive Type
14x12
so saturday to wednesday, still eggs means the eggs cannot be fertile and have not hatched..unless they have hatched and still look like eggs as early stage grubs are very small and like curved eggs

i would inspect on saturday and if necessary requeen
 

Busy Bee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
461
Reaction score
0
Location
N. Ireland
Hive Type
national
~No Still eggs, standing up its stange. Eggs should be larvae stage at least curved and in jelly although small.

I think requeen or disband the nuc.


Busy Bee
 

Busy Bee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
461
Reaction score
0
Location
N. Ireland
Hive Type
national
Have another look....the eggs will be larvae by now.
Yes, I will give it more attention and look a bit closer. If it is still not correct what should I do with it?


Ahh, just remembered it had 4 queen cups with an egg in each and 1 on the top of the comb with 5-6 eggs in it.

Busy Bee
 

Mike a 

Drone Bee
Joined
Feb 13, 2010
Messages
1,789
Reaction score
0
Location
Hampshire
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
Between 17-20
Take a few pictures if you are still concerned and post them for all to see.
 

Busy Bee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
461
Reaction score
0
Location
N. Ireland
Hive Type
national
I have 2 hives with virgins in them but there is eggs on the varroa floor but no eggs in the cells, is this laying workers also?


Busy Bee
 

Busy Bee 

House Bee
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
461
Reaction score
0
Location
N. Ireland
Hive Type
national
Is there a solution or should I wait on virgin to be mated or will they kill the virgin or even wait till she returns mated and kill her. Or will the colony extract the worker layers when the hive becomes queen right? Or the virgin is already dead?

Busy Bee
 
Last edited:

Poly Hive 

Queen Bee
Joined
Dec 4, 2008
Messages
13,655
Reaction score
2
Location
Scottish Borders
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
9 and 18 Nucs
You are back to the shake the bees off system to get rid of both the laying workers and the stale virgin.

Any idea how long the virgin has been hatched?

PH
 

Mike a 

Drone Bee
Joined
Feb 13, 2010
Messages
1,789
Reaction score
0
Location
Hampshire
Hive Type
langstroth
Number of Hives
Between 17-20
Ideally she should of had more than enough time to mate by now and started to lay. I give my queens 4 weeks in total, if I dont see capped worker brood I don't waste any more time if the weather has been nice.

I would say catch her in a queen clip and if you can put a test frame in with eggs, failing that beg or buy a known mated queen from some where before the colony size drops rapidly. If you cant kill the queen by pinching her pop her in the deep freeze for 10-15 mins in the queen clip.
 
Top