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    Default what will they pick for a queen

    Im getting ready to do some split and did a hive inspection. and some of the frams that i want to use have large older larva and eggs on the same frame. will the bees pick a larva thats to old for a queen or will they use a egg? kinda got me thinking. im thinking they will use the oldest lava on the frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbb39 View Post
    Im getting ready to do some split and did a hive inspection. and some of the frams that i want to use have large older larva and eggs on the same frame. will the bees pick a larva thats to old for a queen or will they use a egg? kinda got me thinking. im thinking they will use the oldest lava on the frame
    The books say they try to pick larva that is about 24 hrs. old. They may try to use some of the larva, or they'll use freshly hatched eggs.

    -Nathanael
    Beaches' Bee-Haven Apiary http://beachesbeehaven.com
    Aiken Beekeepers Association http://aikenbeekeepers.org

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    thanks both good to know that they will pick the best.

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