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Does the queen lay much at this time of year?

Robin Rattazzi writes: I have a hive I just went into because it needed to be leveled. So as I took it down to the bottom box I looked alittle for signs of the queen and saw none. I didn't look at every frame but a bunch towards the center in each. I have two deps and one supper for them. Plenty of honey and very heavy. Does the queen lay much at this time of year?


Many queens have shut down by this time of the year. The nectar flow is over, and about all that is left is a bit more Aster pollen. If there's a good population, I wouldn't worry about it. There's not much you can do this time of the year to help a queenless colony, but chances are everything is fine.