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    Cool queen cells

    Hello everyone,

    I have never bought a queen cell, I am new to this queen cell business...
    I wanted to know what the success rate is for queen cells vs buying a queen.

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    Default Re: queen cells

    When you get queen cell(s), it needs to be PLURAL as in cells. I would do no less than 4-5 cells (4-5 nucs) at a time. That way when one does not make you can combine. Also, to make it all worth your while you need a couple hives throwing tons of drones.
    To answer your question...depends on the conditions....way to many variables. If you are doing nucs by the 10s, 100s, 1000s, then cells are almost the only way to go. If you are doing a few nucs, then queens are better.

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    Default Re: queen cells

    How many cells can I put in one colony? one? or should I put more?

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    Default Re: queen cells

    Only one. My point is is that say you have 6 nucs made with cells, and 2 of the 6 go cu-put, you have the other 4 to make something with. That is instead of 2 total that go cu-put, and then you have nothing to work with. Make sense?

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    Default Re: queen cells

    One way of using cells I would like to try is putting a cell in the honey super in late summer early fall and letting her supercede the queen. I have heard commercial guys talking about this. It sounds very interesting. They say this is one way the hive goes about supercedre when they want to. You are using the trait in a natural way to requeen the hive.

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