Re: Hive condition for queen creation
In a double box colony the bees in the top box, if they are above a queen excluder, will start and finish graft queen cells. This is done under the supersedure impulse because when an area of the hive is not well provisioned with the queen's pheromones the bees think she is failing. Only give 12 cells or less for the bees to raise so they are all well fed.
Giving queen cells to a colony without restricting the queen usually fails because the bees will remove the larvae from the cells.
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