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Sep 20

What are queens thinking?

Sometimes I really wonder what queens are thinking.  I came home today to and looking out the window of my bedroom where my observation hive is mounted I saw what looked like a queen, motionless on the ground a foot away from the extrance tube.  Looking closer I saw the white dot on her back, it was the queen.  Why did she leave the hive alone?

The observation hive never did recover well from the county fair.  They now only have about 3 frames of brood and bees, far from enough to survive the winter.  I do have however another 5 frames of bees and brood set aside from combining 5 frame nucs which I plan on adding to the hive tomorrow, and apparently a new queen as well.

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