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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Ada, Michigan, USA
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    5

    Default Purchased Nuc with Many Dead Bees and No Queen

    One of my nucs that I purchased this year arrived with 1/2 to 2/3 of the bees dead. I looked for the queen, but could not find her. There was a fairly ripe supercedure queen cell on one of the frames. Should I bee concerned or will they be fine? I assume having the queen cell helps, but will the low population of bees lead to the demise of the nuc?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Waukesha, WI
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    Default Re: Purchased Nuc with Many Dead Bees and No Queen

    Doesn't seem likely that the queen will mate up in MI at this time of year. So I'd be worried a supercedural cell will do no good regardless.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Nashville, TN
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    320

    Default Re: Purchased Nuc with Many Dead Bees and No Queen

    I'd definitely be contacting my supplier--that is not an acceptable nuc. Supercedure is pretty common with packages but part of the purpose of purchasing a nuc is to avoid that--a nuc ideally ought to have a young laying queen who is the parent of the brood. That many dead bees and a supercedure cell indicate a very weak nuc and most suppliers would replace it for you.

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