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  1. #1
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    Default Q cell question...

    Is dropping a Q cell in a colony that is being kept temporarily 'quiet' by open brood (and refusing to make a queen) any different than dropping a cell in a Q-less nuc?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Q cell question...

    No different. But if you have given them young open brood and they refuse to make queen cells then they think they are queen right. Look for a virgin.

    Johnny
    "Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Q cell question...

    Thanks!
    I've been keeping them going for about two weeks, and though they're pretty quick and sneaky, I dont think there's a virgin. (In their defense, it's old comb, so they're not really inclined to draw a queen), but I didnt know if the open brood scent would interfere with a cell.

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Q cell question...

    It usually takes two weeks for a virgin to get mated and laying and sometimes it takes three weeks...

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