Drone layer in the observation hive
The queen in the observation hive does not appear to have mated properly and is laying only drones. I’ve never experienced having a pure drone-laying queen before, so that came as a surprise — and a disappointment. I wonder if an upbringing in an observation hive was a contributory factor.
The colony doesn’t seem to have a single worker egg from which it can attempt to make a queen — although a queen made from such a small workforce would be unlikely to be ‘fit for purpose’, as the current cliche would have it.
I will re-queen the colony as soon as the summer flow is over when I can spare a queen from one of the apiary colonies.
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