Re: Time before E Cell construction?
600 miles! Wow. I have posted before about the need to make sure there are fresh eggs, not appropriately aged larvae, on frames when doing walk away splits as it takes the bees some time to get moving on the E cells. As long as they get capped by day 9 post split, I figure all is good. I recently did a split and counted 1 capped cell and three started but still uncapped on May 21st. When I checked the hive 12 days later, I had no less than eight properly emerged cells on the frames. Where did the other four come from? They weren't there earlier. I think the bees actually started feeding them as queens before they even started drawing them out as queen cells and finished the job while I wasn't looking.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.