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    Default queen cells didn't hatch

    I have 2 of my grafted queen cells that have not hatched, today is day 18, does this mean they will they will not hatch, or should I give them a couple more days? I know they are supose to hatch days 15-17.
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    Hang in there for a bit. Temperature will slow them down.
    Do you have plenty of bees in the box?

    But they should emerge soon.

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    Even though the other 3 that were grafted at the same time, have hatched? I think there are enough bees, it is the same amount or more than was in the other 3 nucs that the queen cell hatched.

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    In cool weather it can take a couple of extra days. In hot weather they can emerge early.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    sometimes they reseal the flap after the she has hatched. take a look at the end of the cell and see if it has been hatched or candle it, she might of already of hatched.
    Will Gruenwald Chilliwack BC

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    Default a technique

    Try this if you can:

    http://www.malkaqueens.com/ingles/foto.htm
    click on 'candling queen cells'

    Adam

    Adam Finkelstein
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    Quote Originally Posted by chillard willard View Post
    sometimes they reseal the flap after the she has hatched. take a look at the end of the cell and see if it has been hatched or candle it, she might of already of hatched.
    one of them did hatch, the other onehad a sealed empty cell...so it is a possiblity she hatched and the resealed it? I did not candle them before placing them in the nucs, could it have been empty all along, or is it more likely it hatched?

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    You were exactly right. I went and looked in the nuc, and sure enough she was in there. Thank you so much I had no idea they would reseal the cell.

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    no problemo, glad to help.
    Will Gruenwald Chilliwack BC

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