Re: Using cloake board causing supersedeture?
I am very interested in this question also. I am looking into queen rearing and possibly eventually queen breeding. At the moment I don't intend to use any cloak board type method. What this question has me wondering is what is the effect of getting a bunch of bees in the habit of making queen cells does for the original queen. How are these bees reintroduced to the original hive?
What I already know. The bees that start the queen cells are only away from the hive for a few hours. Just long enough for them to realize they have no queen and start the cells in order to make one. I have also seen direction for the starter colony that say separate the bees for a couple of days. This allows them to get primed for rearing queens and they have more royal jelly ready when the eggs are added.
Once you motivated bees to make queen cells how do you unmotivate them? Does putting them back in the hive with their queen do that. Do you just let this stater nuc go on and finish a queen for themselves? Should they even be put back in the original hive?
I will also share with you what others have said to me concerning other questions. You can't really take what one hive did one time as much of an indication of what bees do. One hive doing something one time is a fluke. 99 out of 100 hives doing something every time is an indication of bee behavior.
So the only thing I can really think of is maybe you had the starter nurse bees away from the queen to long and they got determined to make a new one. At some point those bees are going to rear a new queen and you cannot return them to the original hive.
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