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Offline Nock

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LW maybe?
« on: May 18, 2020, 03:38:24 pm »
Checked in on a swarm I caught in a trap. Been two weeks since I caught them. First time in. This is the one where majority of bees were in trap. But I found a small softball cluster out on the ground. So I assumed maybe multiple Queens. The small cluster is doing fine. Queen is laying. The hive with the majority looks to have a laying worker. I didn?t see the Queen but was finding multiple eggs sometimes 3 or 4 in cells. But the eggs are in the bottom of cells so could this possibly be a young queen still trying to get straightened out?  I was thinking LW eggs would be on the cell walls. Should I give them a few more days and check?  If I still can?t locate the Queen and seeing multiple eggs what should I do?  Will they expect eggs if I give them a frame so they can make QC?  Or should I try to paper combine with a smaller hive?  Or shake them?  Thanks

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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2020, 03:57:07 pm »
Wait one week and check again. If multiple eggs then, shake them out.
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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2020, 04:27:36 pm »
Eggs on the bottom of the cell is most likely a new queen showing her...excitement in her new role.

Also, if you have "a" laying working, you have multiple laying workers.
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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2020, 09:13:24 pm »
Laying worker eggs don't stand on end.  They'll be scattered in bottom of cells. 

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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2020, 12:05:10 pm »
Nock, if the comb is new and short, I have seen LW lay on bottom center of a cell just like a queen would lay.  Is the comb new?  Agreed multiple eggs is LW,  I have seen new queens lay 2 eggs  in a cell but not very many cells had two eggs.
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LW maybe?
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2020, 01:39:30 pm »
+1 to what iddee says.
Do nothing, wait.  If again multiple eggs at next check then paper combine them on top of a strong hive, OR shake them out and completely remove the equipment so they have to beg into other hives. 
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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2020, 02:32:13 pm »
Van it is new comb. I?ll give them some time and check again. Thanks everyone.

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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2020, 04:30:24 pm »
The cappings on the pupa is what will tell the tale when you check again. 

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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2020, 05:27:58 pm »
AR, I still have your nuc body.  If we ever have another meeting, I?ll return.
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Re: LW maybe?
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2020, 05:34:31 pm »
That's OK Van, you didn't know it, but I'm charging you rent!