Sorry yea workers...You mean laying workers then...not a drone laying queen...not much good tipping them out up the road,they can still fly back,best to add frame of brood,see if they draw queen cells.,if not after a few days add another frame of brood.
Most patrons I have spoken to would be of the opinion the laying worker can still fly back to the hive.Busy bee
drone laying workers - multiply eggs in each cell drone bees only developing - then you need to remove hive 20' from original site. Replace fresh brood box and frames onto original site- shake all bees onto a sheet- and all but layers and very new bees will return to new box on original site.
Brilliant "Hivemaker" thank you. Your the 1st person to put some sence into this problem, with a plausable solution.
As an experiment I gave a couple of laying worker colonies last year brood pheromone, then requeened a few weeks.Brilliant "Hivemaker" thank you. Your the 1st person to put some sence into this problem, with a plausable solution.
Thank you again.
Funny you say this, I was pissed with a colony last year after being Queenless for about 6 weeks did what you said as a last resort and it worked first time.I have been successful with the shaking out of the hive. I added a frame of brood to see what was happening and decided that it was laying workers. On a sunny day I shook all the bees out on a sheet 50yds away. Put the introduced brood frame and another in a new hive, plus some of the food combs and the super from the original hive. Threw away the frames withe the drone brood comb or destroyed cells. The Bees flew back over a period of an hour. Liberally shook icing sugar over the returned bees. On the sheet were a number of drones and one or two workers. Could not find a queen of any sort. Shook the bees off the sheet that evening. Next day shook icing sugar over the bees in the hive and introduced new queen in slow release cage. It worked. Probably just luck!!