Re: Introducting a Queen Cell - Do you have to wait?
During a program we were doing for beekeepers 2 weeks ago, we popped queen cells into 4 queenright colonies (one was a 5 frame nuc, 3 were 2 deep 10 frame boxes).
A week later, we couldn't tell what became of the cell in the nuc...it was chewed back to the plastic. Could be because of the smaller space inside the box.
2 of the cells had definitely emerged (hole in the bottom of the cell), and one had definitely been chewed out (big gapeing hole in the side, tip still intact).
...that's with a laying queen in the hive. No cell protector (just pushed the plastic cell cup into some comb half way between the center and sides of the top box).
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