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  1. #1
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    Feb 2015
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    Bedford, PA
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    Exclamation 2nd week: Queen cups?

    This evening when I did an inspection I found about 6 queen cups. I installed the package about two and a half weeks ago. Whats up? Is this normal? Should I remove them or not? As you can see in the picture one is already capped.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
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    Cullman, Alabama, USA
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    Default Re: 2nd week: Queen cups?

    can you find the queen? either way, the bees are telling you they don't like her.
    let them raise a queen, or purchase & introduce a new mated queen.
    Keep in mind, I am a new guy.
    Good Luck with your bees ... CE
    Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
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    Trousdale County, Tennessee
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    Default Re: 2nd week: Queen cups?

    Very common for package bees to replace the queen that came with them. And I don't know why, but it seems this year has been the most common occurrence I've heard of. Just let mother nature continue on with it. I would consider removing all but two of them.

  4. #4
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    Oct 2013
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    Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
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    Default Re: 2nd week: Queen cups?

    I got three packages this year and everyone of them requeened. I let them do their thing, they know more about what they're doing than I do.
    The Education Of A Man Is Never Completed Until He Dies -- Robert E. Lee

  5. #5
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    Apr 2015
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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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    Default Re: 2nd week: Queen cups?

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeGora View Post
    I got three packages this year and everyone of them requeened. I let them do their thing, they know more about what they're doing than I do.
    I understand this is fairly common also. My package was happy with their queen from day 1 and hasn't built a queen cell yet, but I seem to be the exception.

  6. #6
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    Apr 2015
    Location
    Hampton, nh
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    Default Re: 2nd week: Queen cups?

    My hive just did the same thing... and when I pulled up the comb, I saw two eggs in some of the cells but I have read that could happen with a new queen. Will check them again this weekend as I don't want to bother them too much. They do know what they are doing.

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