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  1. #1
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    Default Queens Hatched, When to inspect for eggs

    I split my two hives two weeks ago and used the resources from the two original to make 5 splits. After inspecting on Friday, I saw some hatched queen cells and found some queens prowling around. I have put in the info into the Beeyard Queen Bee Calendar, but it seems a bit far off to wait another two weeks before these girls are expected to start laying.

    Does it really take her around a week to mate, and another to start laying?

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    Default Re: Queens Hatched, When to inspect for eggs

    You can check Michael Bush's Bee Math: http://www.bushfarms.com/beesqueenrearing.htm
    From queen emerges at 16 days +/- 1 day, and is laying at 28 days +/- 5 days.
    So from emerging to laying takes 12 days +/- 5 days
    Good luck!
    DsBs.Etsy.com

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    Default Re: Queens Hatched, When to inspect for eggs

    After the queen hatched she need one week to harden and develop herself
    for the mating flight. Another week for the flight if you have good flying drones then only one or 2 flight will do.
    Then another 3-5 days for her to lay the eggs. In total might take up to 12 days or so if everything is on schedule.

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    Default Re: Queens Hatched, When to inspect for eggs

    Alright will give it wait then. In the mean time let them sit, and fully utilize the 3 frames? or stick them in 5 frame nucs?

    How long till they can fill up another 2 frames with only foundation?

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    Default Re: Queens Hatched, When to inspect for eggs

    If you feel they are comfortable in the 5 frame nucs then let them bee.
    Does not matter as long as they are able to keep the hive space warm.
    After queen start laying they should draw the other 2 frames out. Try to maintain
    the bee population up for a month or two for a successful split. It is not that easy
    to do though.

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    Default Re: Queens Hatched, When to inspect for eggs

    They are in a 3 frame queen castle right now. I heard that a cup full of bees was enough to get it going. It's getting close to 90 here during the day, so warmth is not an issue in South Florida. Should I move them to 5 frame nuc once I know the queen is laying?

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