Full Hives and No Brood! Bee Trouble…


Well it’s been two weeks two and a half
weeks since I’ve had that problem with the yellow hive and the Queen I’m seeing
a lot of activity in that hive so I think all as well I did check halfway in
between and the Queen cells had been formed completely but the Queen hadn’t
been or hadn’t emerged yet I think this is going to be a good indicator of how
things are going plus I’m going to take a look at the
flow high first because you guys haven’t seen that I’ll tell you what though I am
wearing full garb here already because the bees seem a lot more protective
today I wonder if later today it’s going to
rain and that’s what they’re doing still learning to speak B but anyway come with
me I’m peeking in here before I even take
the top off and it looks like this frame right here is full and almost capped so
we could harvest this one any time it’s only June ray here the girls working in the side here
it’s kind of fun to be able to peek in I love the smell of these beehives they
smell so good all the time after putting that tap comb hive
together I can definitely see how this one fits together a little better see if we can lick this off let’s check the two of these which
everything is happy I’m honestly nervous about this one I’m not finding much brood at all
I haven’t seen the Queen I’ve gone through the whole hive she’s not in the
media err yeah she’s not in the medium supers she’s not in this lower portion
so I checked the upper portion just in case that somehow she made it up into
the flow hi are the flow frames and she’s not there either
I’m really worried that this hive is queenless and that there isn’t enough there isn’t enough brood to produce a
new queen oops I squish to be the meanest wish you were you let’s get you girls back in there well the flow height has a lot of honey
but not a lot of larvae I’m worried that the Queen’s gone we’ll see what we can
do here usually just taking a minute to think
about it I find my answer so I’ll take a minute look through the other hives see
what happens well bad news from this height seems like the Queen has left
this yellow hive or never stayed I don’t know exactly what happened the bees that
are in there seemed to be the bees that have hatched from the comb maybe I need
to be ordering two queens we’ll see what this other hive looks like just the fact
that the transfer didn’t work makes me wonder if I want to try a transfer again
or if I should just get a new Queen you know onward and upward well in the brown hive it looks kind of
similar it’s like there’s a theme here I didn’t see the Queen I didn’t see a lot
of brood but there are so many bees in that brown hive I mean I wonder if it’s
just a period that they’re going through they’ve built up a lot of bees and now
they’re cutting back on you know the Queen’s cutting back on laying a little
bit I don’t know if that’s a thing we’re going to have to do a lot more research
it’s amazing how much there is to know about raising bees canticle it’s also
amazing how tired you can be after doing a hive check being a newbie and not
knowing what you’re looking for and I’m spending so much energy and effort
trying to understand what’s going on in there anyway it’s fun but I feel a
little tired alright a little bit of story time I sat and thought about it
for a while and I realized you know what I should get a couple queens and because
I have a new hive and I was going shopping anyway the state of these hives
I decided maybe the best course of action is to get two new Queens and a
nuke and put that money into a nuke for the new hive so that’s what I did I got
a queen for the brown hive that’s doing really well and a queen for the flow
hive and I got a nuke for the new tap comb I got them all installed and I was
running really really fast because it’s cloudy I think it’s gonna rain any
minute so you know I’ve just been doing a lot of running hard today to make
things happen and I don’t know that I’ve done it all right honestly I’m worried
that you know one of the two hives have a
queen in it already and that I don’t know any better but I just I looked and
looked and looked to see if I could find any new eggs any new larvae and nothing
you know any brood that I found is almost to him you know about to emerge
and that’s rare so I’m afraid that I’m just at the tail end of things and those
two have lost their Queens and I hope I’m right you know we’ll we’ll see what
happened maybe some of you guru beekeepers out there can see my
mistakes and point them out right off the bat just doing the best I can
I guess you can’t gain experience without making a few mistakes right and
we’ll find out I think I’ve said this before it’s turned out okay in the past
so good thing these bees are resilient right so yeah got two new Queens got a
nuke new hive and the yellow hive just may not make it which is kind of okay I
should explain that to the top bar hive I I kind of only wanted one and I ended
up with two so if I lose one I’m in the same boat as I wish I had been maybe at
some point before winter I can transfer the bees from the brown hive to the
yellow hive which is a better hype we’ll see what happens
maybe the yellow hives fine and I just don’t know what I’m looking at so okay
it’s been three days since I’ve installed the Queen’s I’ve come back out
to check on things and and the bees are really kind of crazy not
not absolutely sure if it’s a busy before like another rainstorm that’s
coming there’s a problem but I’m about to find out really great they’re noisy but they don’t seem to be
fighting so we’ll see what it looks like inside this is an amazing amount of comb that
they’ve built in three days the literally three days here Queens out so I don’t know what all this buzzing is
this is a lot of activity compared to the last time I opened the hive but something’s a little different
but Queens out so I’m just amazed at how much activities
going on there I’ve got a couple bees up on the camera too so much to learn about beekeeping
there’s part of me that would have rather left him alone so that I didn’t
bother them hopefully they’re okay okay this hive wins
that’s a big bunch of comb for three days the queen is not in the queen excluder I can get that off without losing it okay to Queens Queens released while the
Queen is released in the brown hive – so out of the two Queens that I placed
there – four – so we’ll see what activity they do in about a week I’ll do
another hive check and I’ll see if I can see any Queen activity but according to
the hives there’s a lot of work to be done they seem a little bit upset I hope
it’s not a bad sign we’ll see what happens anyways thanks for watching
don’t know how long this video will be in the end but I’m figuring that out
just along with the bees that I’m working with I’m not the perfect
beekeeper but we’ll see if we can keep these alive huh thanks for watching guys
thanks for taking this journey with me on simple ground

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16 thoughts on “Full Hives and No Brood! Bee Trouble…

  1. Love your 🐝 videos! Do you still have the same swarm that took residence atop your hollow tree?

  2. If the bees think they are going into a dearth, queens will reduce production, because they won't have resources. Give them a week or so. You can feed them, and if they take it then you know that they are in a dearth. Just got to the part when you said you just bought queens. Were the new queens marked? If so, it will be interesting to see if they take. Good luck man!

  3. That's weird. I'm far from being an authority but the sheer amount of bees combined to no broods may be a sign of swarm. At the same time, queens should be present. I'm curious how this thing will turn out. Be safe, be careful and keep up your excellent work.

  4. "The queen’s egg laying is regulated by the nectar and pollen coming into the hive. When food is abundant, the queen will lay thousands of eggs each day. But as the pollen and nectar flow slows, the queen’s brood production slows or even stops. It is common to open a hive during the dearth, only to find capped brood with no eggs or larvae. Because she is not laying, the queen’s abdomen may be slimmer than usual and novice beekeepers may have difficulty finding her if she is unmarked, leading them to think the hive is suddenly queenless." – https://ct-honey.com/beeblog/?p=116 Some good information and advice here. I'm in the same situation here. A couple of eggs and just covered brood but I can see the queen.

  5. I've watched some other bee vids, one in particular showed introduction of new Queen, they won't always accept her, so if you buy, get more than one in case they don't accept, you'll know if they don't because they'll try to kill her. Also might want to look at how make them produce queen cells once you have a queen that they accept, also feed, and make sure you don't have wasps trying to get in and klll. Get marked queens, easier to spot.

  6. Love your candor. It's true that one feels worn out after an extensive hive inspection as a newbie. I think it's the mental gears working overtime.

  7. Look at each frame and see if you have any queen cells. It may be beneficial to order a nuc and let them make their own queen from the brood.

  8. I want to congratulate you and your wife for starting and leaving a legacy that will affect your children and grandchildren and possibly beyond. When you're 60 yrs old and look back, there won't be any pain just joy about what you two accomplished. I wish you the best in your future endeavors.
    Glenn – Oconee county GA.

  9. New BeeK here as well and I feel the same way. So much to learn and process. Just have to research and gain more experience.

  10. Interesting amount of activity. My first thought was orientation flights of multiples hives at once. Hmmm… not sure though, seemed intense enough for a swarm. The entrance traffic was not swarm-like traffic. I'm interested on how this pans out. Good luck and keep up the good videos.

  11. Get some grass and weed killer i spray it low where its not air born, Keeps weeds and grass away from the hives for about a yr. or more> i spray under the hives and go out about 3 foot.> Bees hate lawn mowers and weed eaters he hee

  12. If you got fresh eggs in another hive! Can use them, in a queenless hive > they will make a queen! Save ya 45 bucks a queen> How we learn threw our mistakes and others > Cause books are USELESS they only give out the basic > While bees throws curve balls

  13. Use the NUC (or another) to make a split… you need eggs or larvae in that frame (and some nectar and pollen) and they will make at least 10+ queen cells (in a queenless hive… don’t transfer the queen). You don’t need to keep buying queens… make your own. Good Luck… off to watch your more recent videos ☺️ I’m Australia so it’s our swarm season now… it’s my first year and I’ve already made more queens for a new hive.

    Oh and you should be checking your hives every 7 – 10 days during swarm! I’m enjoying your videos!! The wonders if YouTube!

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