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  1. #1
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    Default Adding cells to nucs

    When making up nucs how long is it recommended for the nuc to be queenlees before adding your queen cell and is there any need to go through the hive looking for queen cells the bees may have started and destroy them or will the new queen take care of that when she hatches?

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    Default Re: Adding cells to nucs

    What's recommended, I don't know. I give them however long it takes to get frames out of the old hive and into the new one. I use push in cell protectors. And make sure the old queen isn't in there.
    Solomon Parker, Parker Farms, ParkerFarms.biz
    11 Years Treatment-Free, ~25 Colony Baseline

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    Default Re: Adding cells to nucs

    Usually I just make the nuc and put the cell in at the same time. If I have the time, I sometimes make them queenless overnight. That is probably ideal, but I seldom have the time.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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