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    Default Queen cell with hole in tip...

    I was checking on my bees that are currently rasining a new queen. I noticed two emergency queen cells, one having a hole in the tip. I am assuming the nurse bees are feeding the trapped queen. I have heard they do this on occasion. Anyone ever figured out why?

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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul McCarty View Post
    I was checking on my bees that are currently rasining a new queen. I noticed two emergency queen cells, one having a hole in the tip. I am assuming the nurse bees are feeding the trapped queen. I have heard they do this on occasion. Anyone ever figured out why?
    Shes hungry? LOL! Sorry, couldnt resist!
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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    I have seen it on rare occasions, but I always cull those cells just in case... if she doesn't have the vigor, health and instinct to chew out properly, she has no business slowing down a queen that does and will have to take the time to kill her in her cell. Lol.

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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    Sometimes if they are afterswarming they will do this to confine her so she will be available later while the current queen running around gets ready to swarm.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    These bees are currently queenless and raising a new queen. I say raising, but it seems they have raised a queen, just won't let her out. I am guessing she is out by now. I will check her in a few days I guess.

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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    hole in tip. queen hatched. she is new to hive or left with swarm.

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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    No swarm, not enough bees for that, and only one good drawn frame. This hive went queenless two days after installation, just didn't show the typical queenless signs, so I missed it - until I found the dead queen. Hopefully they'll get on the right track now.

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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    When I looked at these guys today, the queen cells were completely open and empty. I could not find a queen, but I did see eggs/larva. First time ever for this hive. I am guessing there is a new queen in there someplace.

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    Default Re: Queen cell with hole in tip...

    but I did see eggs/larva
    Congratulations
    whatever happened,with one cell or the other
    Happened right
    I have read somewhere
    "Everything works if you let it."

    Tommyt

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