Those ARE queen cells. And from the looks they are trying to requeen the hive. If you have had the package only for a few weeks and everything else looks good, you could probably start yourself a small NUC from them, or if the queen isn't producing propperly, just leave things alone and they will take care of the rest...
Thomas Bartram - Since 2013, 43 - 8 F langs, 22 Italian & 21 Russian
Thanks drlonzo I'm going to let it be if they want a new queen I will let them have her
Congrats .. good picture also
"Anytime you see someone more successful than you are, they are doing something you aren't."
how long will it take for the queen to hatch and start laying ?
Thanks sqkcrk you said older capped cells how old do you think they are why I ask is I seen the old queen last Saturday and today I could not find her
so do the bees kill her then requeen
Queens should emerge in 7 days. The queen you saw was probably dispatched some time since you last saw her. She could still be some where in the hive even. But she won't be for long.
Squeak Creek Apiaries
Not only is that a queen cell (picture 2), it's a textbook classic queen cell. Simply lovely. Even I could spot it. Some of the ones in the first picture are worth a peek from the underside to see if they're open or closed. A little one that is open is just a queen cup.
Honestly, I wish our books had pictures of some of the weird ones you encounter much of the time. When they're buried down the side of crazy-comb they can be harder to spot.
Thanks to everyone for the replies
Update queen cells have hatched and my package has a new queen
nice looking Q Allan! Looks like she's ready for her mating flight , keep us updated
Thanks Jackson I hope she ready for her mating flight and she gets mated
Hi Allan ,
How's your Queen , I hope she's healthy and big
Thanks Jackson, I decided to go with vsh bees so I requeen her with a vsh queen