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    Default Hive now queenright - but there is queen cells

    One hive I had lost their queen about a month ago. I did not see any queen cells after week one, so I gave them a frame of fresh eggs/brood every week for a few weeks. Now got a queen and she is laying a good pattern.

    However, there are some extra capped queen cells. So what happens when these new queens emerge?

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    Default Re: Hive now queenright - but there is queen cells

    if swarm cells, thats what they'll do. if supercedure cells, the queens will sort it out. good luck,mike
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    Default Re: Hive now queenright - but there is queen cells

    Newbee question, how do you tell the difference between swarm cells and superceding cells?

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    Default Re: Hive now queenright - but there is queen cells

    supersedure cells are located in the upper two-thirds of the frame and swarm cells along the bottom third.

    Now those are guidelines, if the bees are in emergency mode they will make a queen cell anywhere they find a viable egg. ALso not all the bees read from the same books I do.

    The cell I found is at the bottom, but I can't image these guys are wanting to swarm, they have been without a queen for a while, just got a new one and this hive has tons of room (plus a honey supers on it) I think this is a left over from when they were making replacement queens, and I was giving them frams of eggs

    I don't like removing queen cells, regardless. Generaly I figure the bees know what they are doing better than me, so going to let them sort this out.

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    Default Re: Hive now queenright - but there is queen cells

    possibly they didnt "lose" their queen-they already swarmed, and what you see is her replacement.
    "Wine is a constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy" Ben Franklin

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    Default Re: Hive now queenright - but there is queen cells

    here is what i did. Today I pulled that one frame that had the queen cell and another of brood and a third of stores, and put them in a Nuc box.

    Lets see if they will raise a new queen in the NUC,

    I can allways use another laying queen and/or working nuc

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