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Offline Steel Tiger

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queen cells
« on: May 22, 2014, 11:25:12 am »
 I just gave a frame of eggs to a possible queenless hive. If the hive is queenless, how soon would they start building emergency queen cells? I was wondering if they would start right away or wait for the eggs to start hatching.

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Re: queen cells
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 04:04:45 pm »
As soon as the eggs hatch at 3 to 4 days unless you have a laying worker. 

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Re: queen cells
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2014, 06:20:11 pm »
Did you do anything such as tear down the walls of a few cells to encourage them?

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Re: queen cells
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2014, 10:25:18 pm »
 Two of the brood frames had about 1/3 cut out of the middle (wonky comb).  The bees did nothing to start fixing them. All they've done was move honey up and bring in pollen and nectar.
I pulled one of the cut frames and replaced it with a partly drawn frame full of eggs. I'll be checking Monday for queen cells. If no queen cells by then, I'll take a closer look at the rest of the frames.

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Re: queen cells
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2014, 11:46:27 pm »
If there is any larva less than 6 days old (from being laid) they may start right away floating the larva out to where they can start building a vertical cell. How old/dark is the wax? The newer the wax the easier it is for the bees to make the queen cells.
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Re: queen cells
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 01:38:27 am »
 It's brand new wax. The bees in the other hive just started drawing out that frame and it looked like the queen was laying as they worked.

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Re: queen cells
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 12:08:32 pm »
In that case they can make queen cells any where they want to.
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