# Thread: how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

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## how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

How soon after an egg is laid do they cap the cell? Reason I ask is ...I split a hive on March 16th and let them raise their own queen. ...I realize the queen should probably be on or done with her mating flights...and laying. I have a hard time seeing the eggs but was wondering when I should see capped brood.
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Sally

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## Re: how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

Queens are capped around day 8 or 9, workers 11 or 12 I believe.

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## Re: how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

per
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_bee_life_cycle

capped cell

queen 7.5 days
worker 9
drone 10

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## Re: how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

Queen caped in 11 1/2 days worker in 12 days and drone capped in 12 1/2 days.

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## Re: how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

Bee math from Michael Bush

http://bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm

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## Re: how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

So theoretically it could take 43 days to see capped brood from a split hive?
Queen to be laying 28 days +-5 = 33
Worker capped 9 days +-1 = 10

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## Re: how soon after egg is laid do they cap the cell?

I normally will start seeing larva in the hive at about 30 days after grafting. So I would not start worrying until April 16 to 20. And that is for larva not capped brood. Capped will be 6 days later so end of April for capped brood

Originally Posted by SallyD
How soon after an egg is laid do they cap the cell? Reason I ask is ...I split a hive on March 16th and let them raise their own queen. ...I realize the queen should probably be on or done with her mating flights...and laying. I have a hard time seeing the eggs but was wondering when I should see capped brood.
Thanks!
Sally

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