queen cell in michigan
Last Thursday I got a call to remove bees from a tree that I guy I know cut down. I tried salvaging as much of the comb as possible, and it seemed there were not too many dead bees so I was hopeful of getting the queen. I inspected today and no queen but there were three queen cells started from the comb I put in there. At this point of the year I don't expect too many drones to be flying and the weather is not going to be ideal for mating flight either. Here is my question. Could I put curler cages around the cells in hopes of banking the virgins for better weather and more of a drone population? Has anyone tried it? The reason I don't want to just buy a queen is that I am trying to improve the genetic stock of my queens and this hive looked really good after a long winter. I check some of my other hives and didn't see any drone comb yet, temps have been quite low for some time but the bees are bringing in nectar. Thanks for any advice.
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