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  1. #1
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    Default How to cut, almost sealed queen cell w/?

    About 4 days ago, I did a split on 3/9, last Saturday. Did a hive check today. It is now half way successful with 7 queen cells about to be cap. I think they will cap these cells in 6-8 days since 4 days gone by already. And majority of these cells are half way done with one small hole for the bees to get inside to take care. They are smart to built the drone cells as well by the side of the frames at the top.
    One plastic frame has 4 cells (3 from the ones I did a notch on, one they make their own on the first day--3/10.) On the next plastic frame 3 cells are made by themselves. Some are small and some are just a bit bigger cells. But nowhere the same size as the big queen cell at pics I seen on this site or youtube videos.
    My question is how many cells can I keep and which ones? Is there a way I can help to make these queen cells bigger? How do I get them out off the plastic frames, cut them or scoop them out? Which tool to use to cut or scoop them out better?
    And at what date should I be doing the cutting to transfer them into a nuc box?
    Next time I am using the real combs but this is my first time to make this mistakes.

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    Default Re: How to cut, almost sealed queen cell w/?

    They usually cap around day 9, nothing u can do now to make them bigger. You can try to scrape them off but you will always puncture the cell a little bit from what I've heard but usually not a big deal. The only thing to do is cull ones you think are too small but you really never know what's going to come out. I wouldn't move them til a day or two before they're scheduled to hatch out. You can keep them all, they'll sort it out or you can try to push in cage around them to let more than one hatch out if you want to make more than two splits.

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    Default Re: How to cut, almost sealed queen cell w/?

    I have no useful information, except to say that I split my hive on Saturday too, and have nice queen cells today (number unknown, as I just peeped in the hive) as well. Wish me luck! First split ever.

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    Default Re: How to cut, almost sealed queen cell w/?

    Ohh, I see that's how it is done. Got it. Thanks for the tips. now.
    Do we always pick the biggest queen after it hatched? The long body one is better or the short chubby body one
    is better?

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    Default Re: How to cut, almost sealed queen cell w/?

    Honestly, I wouldn't judge too much based on virgin size, let them get mated and evaluate them then. They will get bigger as they start to lay.

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    Default Re: How to cut, almost sealed queen cell w/?

    If I have multiple queen cells I like to give myself an insurance policy and split them up between nucs. You can make a queenless nuc up and wait a few hours to a day and move one of the frames with cells into it. I like to move cells just after they have been caped or just before they are due to be hatched to reduce the chance of damaging the developing queen's wings. You could make a nuc for each cell if they were not on plastic foundation as then you could cut them out. The first virgin to emerge will normally eat a bunch and then head off to kill the other queens....I got to watch it happen one time! By moving cells into other nucs you get several virgin queens rather than just one. Queens don't always make it back from mating flights so you might end up with just one in the end or several. If they are all successful you can pick the one with the best laying pattern and kill the rest or keep several in nucs as backup or let them start full sized hives. Just watch out I went from 15 hives to 65 last summer as I could not stand killing good queens!

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