Ok on November 20, 2013 I attempted to make 3 queen cells for a queen less hive. There are still some older brood that are still emerging (added from another hive) so there are some nurse bees.
I placed the 3 cell punched comb onto BZ queen cell cups, had added some wax to help them adhere to the cup. But did not make the cell cup of wax and push it in the BZ like some of the videos show. Did the punch on spots where larvae were little bitty things, not much larger than the eggs in my mind. My cell punch cuts a plug that gets 7 cells if I do it perfect, then gently smashed the outer larvae and broke the outer cell walls open. Inserted the plug gently into the cup with warm wax on the cup, then dripped some wax on outside of the cup.
I was thinking the cells would emerge on Monday or Tuesday, especially since we had weather that was below freezing for a night or two and close to that for several nights, a few days in the 40s. I thought that would slow development down and I would be ok to open hive for a check today.
Opened box today with crossed fingers, they had built one cell really nice, and had partly completed the second or it was a runt cell. The third apparently either came out or was torn down, but was not in the EZ cap.
But both of the were open, similar to what happens when queen emerges. So I assumed they died, rearrange box some, then it hits me. Maybe those are not 1 day larvae, but two day, and if they can keep the temperatures up did both these cells emerge and are looking for each other. So closed up the hive, and drank some homemade apple wine.
So I am asking for advice from experienced folks (or anyone that has raised more than one queen makes them more experienced than me.)
So it the pupae fails to develop, what does a torn open queen cell look like.
If these cells didn't make I was going to order Florida Queens tomorrow. Would have split the hive into two and introduced the queens. Had it all planned out really nice.
SO is there any way to tell if I have a virgin queen in there? Or do I just wait.
Of course this is my largest hive.