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    Default Queen cells and virgins

    Hey everyone. We are having cells that are not hatching well this spring. We even put cells in that where fixing to hatch. You could see her crawling around in the cell and still the take wasn't good. Anyone else having these problems

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    Default Re: Queen cells and virgins

    Hi ga.beeman,
    Have the nights been cool?

    I had a few 15-day-old cells not make it due to chiling, last week.

    Adam Finkelstein
    www.vpqueenbees.com

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    Default Re: Queen cells and virgins

    Are the cells still in tact or did the bees tear them down?
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    Ga. beeman. I am getting calls from all over the place for queen replacement. it seems there is a big issue this year. I made 26 Nucs in Florida adding a queen cell, a couple of weeks ago and they were checked just yesterday. Only 50 percent hatched. the remainder died. We took them from the producer, to the grove, and made the split within a couple of hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt1954 View Post
    Ga. beeman. I am getting calls from all over the place for queen replacement. it seems there is a big issue this year. I made 26 Nucs in Florida adding a queen cell, a couple of weeks ago and they were checked just yesterday. Only 50 percent hatched. the remainder died. We took them from the producer, to the grove, and made the split within a couple of hours.
    Hey Adam yes we had nights that got down into the mid 30s. Hey Matt that is exactly what I am seeing.some of the ones that didn't hatch hadn't been removed at all. 50 percent on one graft. Very disappointed in that. Hard to get a nuc going without a good cell

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    Default Re: Queen cells and virgins

    Cold weather will, most definitely, delay their hatching. Look very closely at those on the outside fringes. The cells should have the jelly consumed and be very firm by 10 days after grafting. If you are seeing a queen moving, then they will most likely be fine, just delayed a bit.
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    Several of the ones that we put a cell in that we could see her crawling around In appear to be queen less now

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    Default Re: Queen cells and virgins

    Man glad to see Im not the only one with that problem. Made early splits and 3 out of six were sucesful I also went back in and seen some after they hatched. I've gatta kill some birds. Lol

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