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  Wednesday, 26 June 2013
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My queen went up into the supers and laid thousands of eggs throughout the supers. There are eggs in the top deep also so she's just doing her thing everywhere. What do I do?
9 years ago
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#700
Hello Robin,

This seems to be a result of the weather. Bees are competing for space in a hive. Queens want to lay eggs....workers want to fill cells with nectar/pollen. Given the weather the flying/nectar opportunities have been lessened and therefore the queen takes advantage and deposits eggs. There are times when the opposite occurs and the deeps fill with nectar instead of eggs/brood.
The perspective on this depends on your point of view. In one sense you will have lots of bees which could lead to a strong colony going into the winter. Or , if you were hoping for honey then this is less than desirable.
Do you have a queen excluder? Do you have another super?
Where are you located?
There are some options and we are still somewhat early enough into the season (although quickly moving to the mid-point) to modify the course.
9 years ago
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#701
Hi, yes I have a plastic excluder and I have another super and I live in Middlesex. What do you suggest? robin
9 years ago
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#702
Robin:

I don't know if you missed it but Mike Palmer responded to your question in his column: http://www.vermontbeekeepers.org/resources/blogs-commentary/questions-with-mike-palmer
9 years ago
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#703
Thank you very much for your time, I'll do this when the weather permits. Does it matter if the excluder is plastic or metal?
9 years ago
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#704
Hi Robin,
Either metal or plastic will work well
Scott
9 years ago
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#705
Hello Robin,

Before shaking the bees check for the queen in the supers to be sure you don't shake her into the grass.

scott
9 years ago
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#706
no more comments
9 years ago
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#707
Hi thank you for your suggestions, the sun has been in and out so I did what you said and Mike. Thank you both very much for your support. Enjoy the summer.
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