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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    Spokane, Washington, USA
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    Default Queen Nuptial Flight

    How late can queens mate? I found a document that states queens were seen mating the latest at 22 days after emerging!

    I have couple queens that I checked 15 days after emerging. All were running like virgins.Weather was pouring buckets until day 15 when I opened them. One queen even flew off the frame. The next 2 days, day 16 and 17 after emergence were very hot days. Is it possible the queens mated those days?

    Can't check them again for brood due to pouring Barrels of rain!

  2. #2
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    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
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    Default Re: Queen Nuptial Flight

    I have had queens who didn't start laying until 21 days after emergence. They did fine. Probably weather or flow related. Feeding seems to help get them to fly to mate. I wouldn't expect to see any eggs before 14 days.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Apr 2009
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    Norfolk County, UK
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    Default Re: Queen Nuptial Flight

    RAK,
    You don't need to worry yet! I've had 22 - 23 days.
    May your bees read the same books as you do
    http://www.norfolkbee.co.uk/home

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