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  1. #1
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    Default 48 Hour Queen Cells

    I have read a couple of articles recently about using 48 hour started cells to distribute gene pool material from a good queen or breeder queen to the masses. I'm not sure I understand the advantages of this other than the superior genetics. Are their other advantages (ie ease of transport, better percent acceptance)?? Would not sealed queen cells work better? I must be missing something here. Anyone with ideas on this please share. Thanks

    Tim

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    Default Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    Not sure I understand.
    Are the 48 hour cells being shipped, being used by the cell producer in nucs or used in production hives to simulate a supercedure?
    Can you provide links to the articles?

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    Default Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    Tim, I read that they were not as vulnerable during transport, and the producer has put less work in them so they should be cheaper. I don't recall seeing them offered for sale.

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    Default Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    My understanding is that the 48 hour q-cells are less vulnerable to being harmed at that age. I believe that Dr. John Kefuss in Toulouse Fr was one of the first to ship 48 hour cells. There have been a few articles covering his work/breeding in recent years.
    BeeCurious
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    Default Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    Bee Culture had an article in the June issue from Dr. Larry Conner discussing it breifly.

    I also saw this on the Michigan Beekeeping site. These are the new way to get bee stock into your hive from breeder queens. You carry the cells home in a styrofoam cup and install them into a queenless nuc you have made up. The colony completes the construction of the cell.

    Tim

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    Default Re: 48 Hour Queen Cells

    to be clear on this are these open queen cells 48 hours from the time they are laid as eggs?

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