Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Laying Worker Bees

We have laying workers in our Blue Moon Hive. Ugh. So, once again we are queenless. I consulted the experts on the Western Washington Beekeeping Forum and they pretty much agreed that, based on the time of year, the hive is a lost cause. 

Damn it. 

So, what do we do now? How do you intentionally kill a [doomed] hive? Better to tear it open on a cold day [freeze] or slowly let them die out [starve]? Not a fun choice.

I can't imagine that anyone, anyone, would want to tackle a laying worker hive, right? There's no way I can give it away to some crafty [experienced] beekeeper? It seems like such a shame to lose such a large colony. 


  1. Hi Sonja! That's terribly bad luck. Not sure how to tackle it but I will ask one of the local experts (40 years plus!) at my next beekeeping evening. Will let you know if I hear anything.

    In the meantime, I wish you the best and hope you manage to discover what is causing the repeated queenlessness. Out of interest, do you have any idea when your queen was last there? How old was she?

  2. Awesome, thanks Cliff! I'm fairly certain it's a lost cause but I'd love to hear what your experts say.

    As for the details, we only checked the hives once this winter. She was last seen alive in September and she was a new queen (this year).

    There aren't an overwhelming number of drones in the hive so I'm guessing that she hasn't been dead that long (or perhaps it's just that the worker only started laying recently). Who knows.