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split hive on april 30th, saw queens cells on may 7th, went today may 13th to take queen cells and make more mating nucs and all of them seem to have been tore down. What did i do wrong with the math ? thank you for the help. ps hope there is a queen in there lol
 

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Your problem is probably with the bees not following YOUR math!

When you made your split, I assume you made the split queenless. Now, IDEALLY, the bees take a 3 day old egg (3 days as an egg, plus 18 hours hatched), and turn it into a queen. However, the flaw here is that they may have noted their queenless status and decided to "rush" the process by taking a 4 to 6 day old "egg" (actually a 1 to 3 day old larva) and turn IT into a queen. This is their survival, afterall!

This takes your timetable and stands it up on it's ear. What you're expecting is on day 14 (May 13th), you'll go in and harvest queen cells 2 days before emergence. What's happened (hypothetically) is that they're a few days ahead of you. A queen made from an older larva has already emerged, killed her rival queens, and the gang has torn down the unneeded cells.

And to add insult to injury, (hypothetically again), since the larva wasn't properly fed royal jelly constantly from hatching, you may have wound up with an inferior queen that was made from an emergency response.


Nothing is wrong with your math. It's just that your bees needed a queen in a hurry!

DS
 

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Walk away splits, the queen emerges 12 days later.
You were a day or 2 late, so probably have a virgin queen.

day 0 egg lay
day 3 egg changes into larva
day 4 24hr larva (day of split)
day 8 Sealed cell (5 days from egg change, 4 days from split)
day 16 Queen emerges (12 days from split)
 
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