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  1. #1
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    Default Can brood be kept in an incubator or will the die.

    Can I keep brood in an incubator after they are capped and emerge without other workers present and live, or do they need to be cared for afterwords?

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    Default Re: Can brood be kept in an incubator or will the die.

    They will need to eat soon after emerging.

    Why would you want to do that?
    Mark Berninghausen
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    Default Re: Can brood be kept in an incubator or will the die.

    I am thinking of trying to find out how a new generation of bees act and behave without the influance of older bees. Don't know if I will try or not but it is a idea I have though about.

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    Default Re: Can brood be kept in an incubator or will the die.

    The humidity needs to be kept at 50 percent also.
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    Default Re: Can brood be kept in an incubator or will the die.

    It will be interesting to see how they fare without microbial inoculation from the older bees.

    Ramona

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    Default Re: Can brood be kept in an incubator or will the die.

    If you wanted microbial isolation, you would have to sterilize a cell and put a clean egg in it. The young have been feed by adult bees for several days before they enter the pupal capped brood stage. By that time, they have been exposed to anything the colony has.

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