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  1. #1
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    Question How many Queen cells?

    I'm in the KC Missouri area. I performed an artificial swarm 7 days ago. I inspected the queen less hive today and observed 8-10 queen cells. Question....should I leave all the queen cells or reduce the number down to 2? How do I determine which queen cells to keep?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How many Queen cells?

    If your queen less hive is still very populous, I would leave no more than 2 maybe -3 cells.
    As far as which ones to keep...I would keep two of them on the same frame...or in close proximity. The rest, you can take out and start some nucs. these swarm queens are great.
    If you leave more of them in place, and the hive is strong in bees, they will swarm with possible multiple swarms, all headed by 1,2, 3 or more virgins.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: How many Queen cells?

    What your saying is the first queen out won't kill the rest of queens?

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    Cookeville, TN, USA
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    Default Re: How many Queen cells?

    If the hive is big and strong, and the cells are widely separated then often she won't. Natures way of hedging a bet.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: How many Queen cells?

    Ok thanks sounds like I need to get back in there and get rid of all but two.

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    Default Re: How many Queen cells?

    Bees know what's to say the ones you decide to keep "Fail" ?
    I'd let them work it out
    The time too remove IMHO would be to use for making more splits
    Then I would add the cells to them

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