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  1. #1
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    I noticed today when looking for a good frame of eggs to offer a queenless colony from my best non-small cell Cordovan Italian queen that she seems to prefer small cell comb for egg laying. This colony is in a hybrid hive, a long deep box that will accept frames as well as top bars and two stacks of 10 frame supers will fit on top (it has two covers). About half of its frames are small cell, yet after examination today I noticed that there is a good amount of brood, but it was nearly exclusively in the small cell portions of comb even though most of those are not contiguous. There was also a small amount of drone brood, usually all by itself at the bottom of non-small cell comb.
    48 years - 50 hives - TF
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  2. #2
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    That's been my experience as well. The queens prefer the smaller cells.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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