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MISSING FALL QUEENS, AND WEAK HIVES

This time of year some people take their honey supers off and find that they have no queen. Some people also don't check their hives when their honey supers are on so when they take them off they are sometimes in for a huge (or not so huge) surprise. If you are not checking your hive regularly your hive could swarm or supersede and you would have no idea.Then when your new virgin queen goes out on her mating flight and gets eaten by a bird or dragonfly or ends up a splatter on someones windshield and doesn't make it back to the hive, leaving them hopelessly queen less you also don't notice and your hive dwindles and makes you very little or no honey. Then you think it must be time to take off your honey super because it is becoming fall you realize that they don't have a queen or even worse they have a laying worker. This is when you need to think hard about what to do next. If you ended up with a laying worker there is only one thing you can do that will work out for you. Believe me I have had a few laying workers to deal with and there are many ways people say to deal with them the one you hear a lot is just take them out in the field and shake all the bees out. Well if you do that sometimes the bees and the laying worker will return to the hive beside where you had removed their box. They will kill the queen in the hive. (it has happened to me) Therefore you have lost 2 hives. After trying every way to handle a laying worker I shut you tube off and phoned my uncle Willy (or as other people know him as Bill Ireland) He said the only way to get rid of a laying worker is to add the hive to another strong hive using the news paper method. The news paper method is just as it sounds. You take a queen less hive or a hive with a laying worker in it or a weak hive after you have removed the queen and you put news paper on the top of a different hive that is stronger then the one you are adding. Cut a couple slits in the news paper and put the hive that you are adding on top. Make sure the top hive has somewhere for the bees to get out which is usually to just use the vent hole in the inner cover on top. Just anywhere they can get in and out, then put the lid on and wait for a week. Within that week the bees on top will get used to the pheromone (smell) from the queen below and the bees from the bottom and top will eat the news paper away and become one. That is a way to handle some of these problems. Another way is to find a queen which in the fall is sometimes difficult, unless you know me of course! But if you find yourself in this situation don't wait to long we will only have queens for a little while longer.

~ Scott Ferrier


2019 Posts
Aug 9 - Taking off honey
July 20 - Swarms ...
July 19 - Needing Queens
July 17 - Pesticide Free
July 9 - INSECTICIDES!
July 9 - Not Posting Much
June 28 - Walking Around
June 5 - I have proof
June 4 - Ireland's grafting box
June 4 - Working in the rain
May 29 - Actually 3 Queens
May 28 - Lots of calls and emails
May 24 - Just Workinng
May 19 - Setting up mating nucs
May 11 - Beeyard Mishaps
May 10 - Pollen Collection
May 7 - Large Shipment
Apr 17 - Unwrapping My Hives
Apr 3 - Small Load
Apr 1 - Cracking The Lid
Mar 27 - Can't Wait
Mar 23 - Splitting Today
Mar 11 - List of our Meetings
Mar 9 - Making Their Mark
Mar 9 - Sign of Spring
Mar 5 - Start Needing More
Feb 24 - Beginner Beekeeping
Feb 23 - About This Yard
Feb 22 - Couple Dead Hives
Feb 8 - Different Stages
Feb 6 - Comb Is Gold
Feb 1 - Shovelled The Snow
Jan 29 - HORDING
Jan 23 - BEES! This Is The Time ...
Jan 23 - List In A First Come ...
Jan 16 - These Two Yards
Jan 16 - Test Building Looks ...
Jan 8 - The Day and Age
Jan 7 - The Time of Year
Jan 3 - Nucleus Colonies
Jan 3 - Shared Posts
Jan 2 - Colours Used
Jan 2 - Multi Colour Queens
Jan 1 - Happy New Year

2018 Posts
Dec 17 - Gift Certificate
Dec 14 - Santa Bees
Dec 9 - About Bees
Dec 6 - One of the farmers
Dec 6 - Gift Certificates
Dec 2 - Already Beekeepers?
Dec 1 - The Chirtmas Draw
Dec 1 - Dec. 2018 Winner
Nov 28 - Wrapped
Nov 25 - Something Looks Wrong
Nov 17 - Change the Order Form
Nov 17 - Evaporator For Sale
Nov 17 - Letter to share
Nov 15 - Almaguin News Artical
Nov 15 - Creating quite a buzz
Nov 1 - Nothing Funnier Than People
Nov 1 - November Draw 2018
Oct 28 - Two Are Better Then ...
Oct 28 - Does Size Matter
Oct 25 - Building A Plan
Oct 5 - Honey Extraction
Sept 28 - Taking Orders 2019
Sept 22 - About My Fencing
Sept 22 - A Little Emotional
Sept 17 - Bigger Fence Charger
Sept 13 - Missing Fall Queens
Sept 10 - Ordering Nucleus Colonies
Sept 5 - Another Shipment
Aug 30 - Honey Super Off
Aug 24 - Two Laying Queens
Aug 20 - Maple Syrup Equipment for sale
Aug 17 - We have honey for sale!
Aug 16 - Shake A Honey Super
Aug 5 - Kearny Ragatta 2018
Aug 1 - Info On Bees
Aug 1 - 600 lbs
July 23 - End of the Line
July 21 - Driving By
July 13 - I Was A Sight!
Jun 26 - Helper
Jun 18 - More Queens
May 29 - Wipper Snipper
May 20 - Grafting larva
May 9 - Spring Made Easy
May 3 - Pulling Nucs
Apr 18 - 100 hives
Apr 19 - Their own profits - reposted
Apr 4 - Throught the feeder hole
Apr 4 - Opening a hive
Mar 29 - Distractions for pictures
Mar 22 - What if bees disappear?
Mar 20 - Save the Drone Bees
Jan 4 - Trip to Sudbury

2017 Posts
Dec 14 - 4 Frame ... Colonies
Dec 11 - Gift Ideas
Dec 9 - Cozy Winter Coat
Dec 1 - Christmas Month Giveaways!
Nov 15 - Winter Coats
Nov 11 - Powassan Bee Meeting
Oct 10 - Honeybee Nucleus Colonies
July - Video of Home Yard Supplies

2016 Posts
Feb 15 - BEGINNING BEEKEEPING
Nov 14 - Increased Orders

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