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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs to Queen Cells

    Then they probably ate them. Bees will do that.
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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs?

    Interesting, wonder why they would do that?? Ay ideas?

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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs?

    Bah...nevermind; nothing groundbreaking to see here.

    They still have quite a bit of capped brood, which should have emerged several days ago, or the dead bees should have been dragged out of the cells. There are some dead bees that have accumulated on a towel in front of the hive, but the population hasn't gone down much. More telling, there are now two other decent queen cells very close to the first, midway up the frame. I noticed them yesterday, but I thought they were abandoned from long ago, as the comb is so old it's almost black. I still didn't see a queen, but I'm guessing she has to be in there somewhere. I'm speculating that either the two-queen theory factored in and I shook in the extra, or they quickly raised an emergency queen that I missed, and are now in the process of superceding her. I might be willing to believe they rob a few eggs from another hive, but five hundred might be excessive.

    Well, I wanted to graft about twenty cells, but I suppose I can't complain by getting three decent cells out of my science-fair playtime.

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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs to Queen Cells

    Quote Originally Posted by wcubed View Post
    mgolden,
    Having seen the same thing myself, and in spite of all the naysayers, I say yes!
    I agree with Walt on this one or at least that has been my experience.

    Danny Unger
    "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Nathan Hale, 1776

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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs to Queen Cells

    I worked at a honeybee factory that also specialised in tourism. We had two observation hives. I remember being told by someone that at one time one of the latter hives became queenless and after several weeks a queen cell suddenly appeared. He, who I believe, reckons that they stole the egg from a nearby hive and built the queen cell from it.

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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs?

    Quote Originally Posted by kenaikathy View Post
    Interesting, wonder why they would do that?? Ay ideas?
    Lack of protien. Not enuf bees to cover the brood and it got chilled. Some other reason. Those are all I can think of at this time.
    Mark Berninghausen

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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs?

    > I remember being told by someone that at one time one of the latter hives became queenless and after several weeks a queen cell suddenly appeared. He, who I believe, reckons that they stole the egg from a nearby hive and built the queen cell from it.

    Most likely it was only queenless long enough to raise a new queen and get her mated, which is long enough for all the brood to emerge. Then the "miraculous appearance" of the new queen is just that she got mated and stopped being a small flighty, fast running, hard to see virgin, and become a large, lumbering, laying queen.

    It takes several weeks.

    http://bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm

    And that is what usually misleads people.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    I had three queen cells on a frame. I cut out one, and the bees culled a second before I got to it. Now it seems they are reusing that cell to make another queen; and they had to of stolen an egg from another colony.

    If bees know whether a queen is good before she hatches I doubt they would be confused by a laying worker egg. If they recap the cell I'll cut out the third queen cell to see what hatches.
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    Default Re: Do Bees Ever Move Eggs to Queen Cells

    Cool seeing Walt's old posts in this thread.

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    My colony started another completely new queen cell, no signs of any other eggs, more less laying workers. Crafty little kleptos.
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    My bees tore down both new queen cells. So Bush may be right about the laying workers in queen cells, and it takes a couples days after hatching for the bees to figure out gender.

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