Package Queen fail - New Queen split?
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  1. #1
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    Default Package Queen fail - New Queen split?

    So 5 days ago I found my new hive had no queen so I put a frame of eggs in my queenless hive to stop worker laying situation. So upon putting new mated queen in the hive, the egg/brood frame had 5 nice queen cells built out.

    SO, choices.

    1. Kill/remove queen cells asap.
    2. Split! Move queen cell frame into a nuc with other frames/attendants of course. Then let see what happens!
    3. Do nothing! Let the queen release in the hive with queen cells, and let them sort it all out. Hopefully I end up with one viable queen.


    What think? I like option 2. Thought I'd crowd source the options

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Package Queen fail - New Queen split?

    How about putting the new queen in a nuc with attendants. Then see what happens, maybe two more hives.

  4. #3
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    Default Re: Package Queen fail - New Queen split?

    for sure, I guess that is what I'd end up with if I did the the second option. Two nucs.

  5. #4
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    Default Re: Package Queen fail - New Queen split?

    1, plus a frame of emerging if you have it.

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