Multiple eggs in cells - but still a marked queen

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  1. makeitdolou

    makeitdolou Well-Known Member

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    On opening one of my hives this morning, I noticed one frame had a number of cells with multiple eggs, all of them placed at the bottom of the cell (none placed on the sides). I immediately thought I had lost my queen and had a worker laying eggs, but I found the queen (she is marked) on the next frame, laying eggs.

    I have not combined this hive with another - it is the original package and queen from the May 2 ship. I have older larvae and capped cells. Could it be that this queen could have laid these multiple eggs? If so, should I leave everything as is?

    Rosie
     
  2. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Some times a new queen will lay more than one egg to a cell. Since you found the queen I am sure you don't have a laying worker.
    Give her a while to settle down.

    :D Al
     

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    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    have ALSO heard that a young queen may put more than one egg in a cell: she is still learning her job and she is not skilled yet.

    I have ALSO heard that the abdomen of a laying worker is too short to reach the bottom of the cell, so she CANNOT put the eggs on the bottom.
     
  5. makeitdolou

    makeitdolou Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for this info, Terri! I will leave her alone and hope for the best. Do these multiple cells grow and hatch with no problem, or will workers clean them out?
    Rosie
     
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    Most hives have a few laying workers also.
     
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    another longshot is that it could possibly be SHB eggs...probably not, but can't hurt to check
     
  8. makeitdolou

    makeitdolou Well-Known Member

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    What dies SHB stand for?
    Rosie
     
  9. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    SHB = small hive beetle.
    Watch those cells with the multiple eggs. If they get capped with a bullet shaped cap (drone) then yes you probably have a laying worker. If thats the what happens I have a method of ridding the hive of said worker.

    I think you will find out though you have a over zelous queen who will settle down.

    :D Al
     
  10. makeitdolou

    makeitdolou Well-Known Member

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    A follow up - I checked the hive today and the multiple egg cells have been emptied. In the upper body's newly made cells, I found nice neat rows of brand new eggs. Everything else looks great!