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Offline CoolBees

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Queen cells aren't hatching
« on: March 13, 2020, 09:46:25 pm »
I did 10 splits with capped QC's on February 14th (from 4 hives). I checked them today. 6 of them did not hatch the QC'S. I'm assuming that I already know why: not enough nurse bees to keep the queen cells warm. All the un-hatched cells were on the bottom of the frames - all had multiple cells unhatched.

I put a lot of "bees" in these splits, but they must have contained a lot of field bees. Each of the failed splits had a very small amount of bees, whereas the 3 queenright hives were quite loaded with bees.

Of the remaining 4, 3 are queenright, and 1 hatched but didn't return from her mating flights.

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Re: Queen cells aren't hatching
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2020, 06:04:58 pm »
I was in the same boat, I did my splits and we had a drop in temps in lost 2 of the. Just made 2 more. As the weather is going to be wonderful.

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Re: Queen cells aren't hatching
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2020, 07:15:49 pm »
It's been in the mid 60's up to the low 80's here. Nothing too cold.
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Re: Queen cells aren't hatching
« Reply #3 on: Today at 06:44:22 pm »
Hi CB
Out of interest sake did you open the cells that didnt hatch...if so what did you find?
I ask this because a fellow beek/friend of mine was recently given 3 cells from a hobby queen breeder which never hatched. He took them to a club meeting and opened them up....nothing inside!
Anyone have an explanation.