Observation hive as cell starter?
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  1. #1
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    Default Observation hive as cell starter?

    Although it is not an optimal arrangement due to proximity of pollen and other brood, has anyone ever tried using the observation hive to raise queen cells? I think it would be really neat if one could observe the progress on a daily basis. Thoughts?
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Observation hive as cell starter?

    Sounds good to me, go for it. Ohives are very educational.

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    Default Re: Observation hive as cell starter?

    I doubt it would be strong enough to raise good queen cells, or at least cells yielding good queens ... unless it's so packed with bees it doesn't really allow you to observe anything.
    The Apiarist - beekeeping in Fife, Scotland

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    Default Re: Observation hive as cell starter?

    Having an observation hive raise some queens is educational. However it is not the best way to get a well fed queen. That requires a crowded colony and a lot of resources coming in. An observation hive is unlikely to be able to provide that.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 42y 40h 39yTF

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    Default Re: Observation hive as cell starter?

    So it's a good way to raise a bad queen
    Painted Peacock Manor, Palos Verdes, CA

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    Default Re: Observation hive as cell starter?

    Good queen, bad queen, I think you just might be surprised and she turns out good. But then, I've been wrong more than once. I say do it. I've raised queens in 4 frame nucs, others have raised them in 2 frame queen castles. You might be surprised what they can do in an Ohive. What's to lose in doing it? I think the entertainment and education value of doing it far out weighs any bad results that might happen.

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