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Offline AtlantaBeek

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Lost my Queen today !!!
« on: October 31, 2017, 07:33:31 pm »
Was removing my supers today on all of my 5 hives.  When I was some distance away from hives i noticed queen on one of the supers.  I ran back over to hive and tried to get her back in but she flew away.  Does anyone have suggestions on what I can do if anything?  I am a dangerous newbie with only 2 years of beekeeping.

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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2017, 07:39:16 pm »
If you stood there for 3 or 4 minutes, she returned to the hive. She oriented on you when she flew.  Check for eggs after 4 days and you will know for sure.
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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2017, 08:33:16 pm »
Thanks for the reply.  That makes me feel much better.  Worst case, if she did not, is the hive lost?


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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 08:50:50 pm »
If no eggs in 4 to 6 days, I would combine and split in the spring.
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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 09:09:01 pm »
Ok.  Pretty cut and dry.  Thank you so much for the info.  Crazy thing is that it was my best hive....go figure.

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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2017, 09:10:24 pm »
is it too late to add a new queen this time of year in Atlanta?
I us ed to live there and it doesn't get cold until January.

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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2017, 09:47:53 pm »
is it too late to add a new queen this time of year in Atlanta?
I us ed to live there and it doesn't get cold until January.
Not if it is mated.

Here in NL, I still had drones as of a week ago. Probably all gone now.
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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2017, 11:29:45 pm »
Pretty sure all Drones have been given the boot.

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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2017, 08:41:07 am »
On more than one occasion I've seen a queen fly off. Then later when I would check the hive I'd see her. Of course that works the other way 'round as well.
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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 12:47:08 am »
Was removing my supers today on all of my 5 hives.  When I was some distance away from hives i noticed queen on one of the supers.  I ran back over to hive and tried to get her back in but she flew away.  Does anyone have suggestions on what I can do if anything?  I am a dangerous newbie with only 2 years of beekeeping.
Like IDDEE said chances are good she made it back to parent hive. As stated in few days check brood status.

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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2017, 04:58:18 pm »
FOLLOW UP::  Opened hive 4 days later.  All bees (except for maybe a hundred workers) were gone!  Verry small amount of capped brood, honey and pollen remained in two deeps.  No sign of wax moths, small amount of hive beetles ( less than 20).  All comb looked in really good shape.  Oh well.....  Have 4 other hives that are really strong.

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Re: Lost my Queen today !!!
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2017, 06:58:39 pm »
Atlanta, so sorry for the outcome.  WE all hate a lost hive(s) and know the unpleasant feelings.  Thank you for the update although I was hoping for a different story.  Four other hives is good news, makes me glad you have hives to split for 2018.
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