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  1. #1
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    Feb 2008
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    Glenmoore, PA
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    Default Miller method question

    I want to raise 5-6 queens, mostly for the experience. I am planning on using the Miller method, so I attached some small pieces of foundation to the top bar. I'll put that into the middle of the brood area when it warms up a bit.
    I see that once there are some eggs in this comb I am to cut the comb right between the eggs and the just hatched larva. That will leave the larva right on the edge. Why do I need to do that? What would likely happen if I just put the comb into the queenless hive? If the oldest larva is very young, it seems like I should be ok. So what am I missing?

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    Aug 2002
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    >Why do I need to do that?

    The lack of a cell wall on the bottom of the cells incites the bees to think it should be made into a queen.

    > What would likely happen if I just put the comb into the queenless hive?

    Probably something similar. Cutting it just improves the odds of them building more queen cells.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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