Re: Is there a way to tell if a capped queen cell is viable in the hive?
If the workers are on it, it is most likely viable. If has been capped for more than 9 days, it is not. If it is not surrounded by capped brood, it is probably not a good cell. I err on the side of caution. Found an intact qc this past Sunday surrounded by empty comb. Cut it out and put it in the incubator. Candled it today and saw the shriveled up larva. Tossed it out.
Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.