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  1. #1
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    Sad Nicot mistake - the bees cannot count

    I got out voted by the bees I guess it is me that cannot count.

    I went into the finisher hive to place roller cages over the cell cells to protect them in case they hatched eary. To my surprise, I was too late. All had hatched except for one cell. The empty cells all still had the small flap where the queen had emerged.

    This is day 15 since I put queen in to lay eggs, so it is 14 days for the new queens. I figured 2 more days.

    I did manage to save something however. As I was looking through the hive I found 4 virgins on a single frame. They were all just moving around on the same side on the frame - looking for battle possibly. I captured them into roller cages and now have them back onto the nicot bar. I broke up the finisher into 2 frame nucs and plan to leave the rollers in one nuc for a few days in order to see if I have other new queens that I missed.
    Last edited by JohnBeeMan; 08-23-2007 at 10:58 AM.
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  2. #2
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    How old were the larva that you grafted?

  3. #3
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    1- day old larva when I moved them from the Nicot grid. They were not much bigger than an egg.
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    In hot weather they usually emerge a day early. In really hot weather they may even emerge 2 days early. In cold weather they often emerge a day late and in really cold weather they sometimes emerge 2 days late.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  5. #5
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    Thanks, MB. That would explain it. Temps have been in the mid to high 90s every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    In hot weather they usually emerge a day early. In really hot weather they may even emerge 2 days early. In cold weather they often emerge a day late and in really cold weather they sometimes emerge 2 days late.
    Exactly, I had this happen to me last year, doesn't it just break your heart?
    Steve<br /><br /><a href=\"http://www.cozynestfarm.com\" target=\"_blank\">www.cozynestfarm.com</a><br /><br />All that\'s golden must be honey

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    >doesn't it just break your heart?

    http://www.bushfarms.com/images/MissedQueenCell.JPG

    Yes.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  8. #8
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    MB, that makes me fill so much better - as a rank amateur.
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