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  1. #1
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    Default Moving Queen Cells

    I placed a frame with eggs and uncapped larve into a queenless nuc on Sunday.
    1)What day can I check for queencells?
    2)If I have more than 1 queen cell, on what day can I move a cell to another nuc?
    3)On what days should I not disturb the queen cells?
    Thanks for your help Steve
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    Default Re: Moving Queen Cells

    You can check them in 2 days without much damage, then leave them alone until 10 days after you made the split. At that time you can gently cut out queen cells. No jolting or turning them upside down or anything like that. Within the first two days they are not so vulnerable, and on day ten the pupa is more formed and stable in the cell. She will normally emerge on day 11 or 12, sometimes day 13 if the weather is cool. Best of luck!
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    Default Re: Moving Queen Cells

    Ray,

    Emerging on day 11 would mean they picked 5 day old larvae for the queen cells.
    That seems pretty old.

    Is this typical?

    - "Met How" Kraig

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    Default Re: Moving Queen Cells

    MetHow, Day 11 from the time the split is made will actually be day 15. they will choose freshly hatched eggs to start the queen, so this is day 4 (3 as eggs then on day 4 hatch). they will usually start queencells the same day as split is made. 11 more is 15, 12 is 16 etc...
    Please correct me Ray if i am misinterpreting your advice.

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    Default Re: Moving Queen Cells

    Queen cells in hot weather will emerge earlier, queen cells in cold weather can emerge a day late. It's normally, the average, for them to emerge on day 12, which gives 16 days from egg as you posted above.
    “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir

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    Default Re: Moving Queen Cells

    Ray so then are you saying that if I gave the frame with eggs and uncapped larve to them on Sunday that I can check them on that Saturday or Tuesday. I dont understand if you are adding 4 days on to the 2 days or what?
    Say for instance that I gave a queenless nuc a frame of eggs and uncapped brood on Sunday August 1st, what days would it be safe to check for queen cells.
    And what days would it be safe to move queen cells to another nuc.
    Please use days and dates. Thanks Steve
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