Queen cells in a New Package of bees?
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  1. #1
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    Default Queen cells in a New Package of bees?

    Hello. Why would I see queen cells in a package of bees only installed a week ago? These were large queen cells with larvae and royal jelly. Throughout the rest of the hive, I only saw evidence of fresh eggs...no larvae. This occurred on few packages I installed. It is a head scratcher to me. Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks

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    Default Re: Queen cells in a New Package of bees?

    Your bees want to supercede/replace your newly purchased queen. I would let them personally. The bees may tear them down, the existing queen and daughter may coexist for some time. Or your existing queen is a dud and her workers know it and she needs replaced. Bees tend to supercede a queen that departs with a swarm too so this is not unnatural. It is hard but I have learned its best to let this one be.

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    Default Re: Queen cells in a New Package of bees?

    Makes sense. I'm just surprised an egg was laid and became a larvae so quick when all I saw throughout rest of hive was fresh eggs in this new package. Will the queen and daughter both lay viable eggs during this time of coexisting?

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    Default Re: Queen cells in a New Package of bees?

    Probably an imbalance in population. If you have a frame of eggs and larvae from another hive to give them it may help.

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    Default Re: Queen cells in a New Package of bees?

    Michael Palmer has a great video that talks about packages superseding, but what you describe seems more like a natural replacement. I'd let this proceed. Hopefully the old queen will continue to lay.

    Here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_-jNK18aYY The real insight on packages comes on about 4:00 into the video.
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