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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    San Diego, CA, USA

    Default Queen cells in a cut out.

    I did a cut out yesterday. The householder said they swarmed a few days before, but the cavity was still crammed full of bees.

    While I was cutting out the combs with brood I found lots of queen cells, maybe 30. I didn't want to destroy them because I had no way of knowing whether there was a queen, or whether I'd damaged the queen cells I transferred to the new hive. They were pretty aggressive.

    I'm hoping that if there is a queen they will destroy the other queen cells now that they have more room and will establish themselves in the box. If there was no queen they have the chance to accept a new one.

    What do other people do in a situation like this? To make it more awkward the owner is just starting beekeeping and so is keeping them. I'm hoping I haven't left her with a big problem.
    Bees give me a buzz!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Lyons, CO


    Put the comb with the cells into a frame and tie it in with string or rubberbands. When I do cutouts I usually just grab one piece of brood comb with eggs in it in case I hurt or lose the queen, so they can rear another.

    Queen cells sometimes can take some special handling, but if you can get a hank of comb with Q-cells AND some eggs, you're set and insured .
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007


    split the queen cells into 3 or 4 nuc and you will have 3 or 4 hives if you feed and there is enough bees

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