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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    I have seen a laying queen as early as 4 days after emergence. But that is an exception. 10 days is not at all unusual. 21 days is just the limit. 14 days is just typical. Probably not so much that she just started to lay as that she has laid enough that eggs aren't so difficult to find. She probably did start laying 4 days ago (at 10 days).
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Should I wait to see drones before I split?

    UPDATE: Yesterday I went into the hive and saw the new queen. I saw some uncapped brood in "worker" comb, and tons of drones.

    Technically this was a successful split, but it is NOT what I envisioned. Next time I will either have a queen cell to put into a "queenless" split, or buy a laying queen.

    This split was done on April 18, and this hive will not have emerging workers for another 14 to 16 days, approximately JUNE 6. This split put a serious dent into the strength of this hive. LESSON LEARNED

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