If your destroy all the queen cells when you get rid of the old queen, and they except the new queen. They would only construct queen cells for the purpose of supersedure or swarming.
I am always careful about destroying queen cells in a hive until I figure out why there building them. If for the case of supersedure let them keep the new queen the bees know when they need to replace mom. And if you destroy the cells you may cause problems down the road when the queen actually fails and colony recovery takes longer.
If they are building swarm cells perform some other kind of swarm control I have found that destroying swarm cells only delays the event. Also if you destroy swarm cells after they have already swarmed you run the risk of making the colony queenless. I watched a hive swarm and performed an inspection the next day and was amazed at how strong the colony still was. None of the swarm cells were hatched out, so I pinched off all but two cells to prevent an after swarm.
Last edited by Brent Bean; 03-15-2009 at 09:47 PM.
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