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Are eggs given royal jelly or just larvae? Do the eggs need any nutritional substances to hatch? Or will an egg hatch in 3 days without any special treatment? So does a Queen cup with an egg in it progress to a Queen cup if royal jelly is added to it? So if royal jelly is not added to the Queen cup then does the larvae die? Will the hive make Queen cups with eggs and decide not to progress with making a viable Queen cell?
 

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Eggs do not need to be provided with any nutrition. They will hatch in 3.5 days provided they are kept warm. Larvae must be fed and fed often as they grow. For the first two days, they are fed the same royal jelly as a developing queen. Their diet changes around day three, as does the quantity. Queens are fed lavishly. Once an egg is laid in a queen cup, the bees will raise it to be a queen. Most cups you see are dry and will remain that way.
 
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