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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Concord, VT,USA
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    143

    Default Supercedure

    Hello. Thanks in advance!

    1. How old in days does a queen have to be for the average hobbyist to recognize her as such?

    2. When a supercedure queen emerges, she kills any queens still in their cell?

    3. A supercedure queen doesn't kill the existing queen. That work is left to the colony?

    4. Assuming 3 is correct, how old is the supercedure queen in days before they kill the existing queen?

    Source:

    June 18 inspection: no queen, no brood, no eggs. Placed a frame with 3 swarms cells in this hive.
    June 24 inspection: no queen, no brood, no eggs. Swarm cells opened and being taken down.
    June 29 inspection: casual quick check of hive. No brood, no eggs. But BBQ. Big beautiful queen.

    I am assuming I had a supercedure queen and missed her. Trying to stimulate them with fresh eggs and queen cells only caused her (?) or them (?) to kill the interlopers?
    7 years; 3 colonies.

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  3. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Location
    Ocala, Florida, USA
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    623

    Default Re: Supercedure

    Wait another week and recheck. Your timeline for a laying queen is a bit to quick.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    "Great Green Way", Queensland, Australia
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    Default Re: Supercedure

    What BH said.
    It's likely you missed the queen on first inspection and she is a biti slow at getting going or forage sources (dearth) are delaying such.

    Cheers.

    Bill

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