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    Default Mating Flights

    How long does the queen have to make matting flights if the weather is bad? How old is she when its to late for her if she doesnt mate? What happens to her does she turn into a drone layer?
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    Default Re: Mating Flights

    The literature reports that after 6 days mating is questionable. Just one more thing to take with salt. Have had queens socked in by weather for more than 2 weeks that performed well.

    Will get another sample soon. A supersedure queen has been socked in by cold for more than 2 weeks already. We'll see how she does.

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    Default Re: Mating Flights

    I have fat virgin queen bees. Does that make her unable to fly to mate? I mean is she
    able to fly when her body that big? Sometimes I think her wings just too short
    to carry all her weight with that fat body. Not even sure if she could fly or not.
    Wonder if there is a way to test if she can fly or not.

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    Default Re: Mating Flights

    grab her and throw her in the air. See if she flys. Sounds like a fine test to me.

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    Default Re: Mating Flights

    A queen starts taking orientation flights about 5 days from emergence, weather permitting.
    The earliest a queen will take a mating flight is around 7 or 8 days from emergence.
    I have had queens mate as late as 4 weeks from emergence but once you get over 3 weeks there is a good chance your queen will fail to mate and will become a drone layer.

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    Default Re: Mating Flights

    Quote Originally Posted by BMAC View Post
    grab her and throw her in the air. See if she flys. Sounds like a fine test to me.
    I'm not gonna comment, just...

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    Default Re: Mating Flights

    21 days is pushing it...
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    Default Re: Mating Flights

    Quote Originally Posted by sfisher View Post
    How long does the queen have to make matting flights if the weather is bad? How old is she when its to late for her if she doesnt mate? What happens to her does she turn into a drone layer?
    Hi Steve,

    I made nucs at the end of Feb in SC this year, used danish buckfast cells, and just checked the first 8 and they all took but are extremly light. I won't go through the rest until I have syrup in hand. We sure did have plenty of lousy weather between then and now. I'm seeing capped brood so they must have been mated a while now.

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