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Hi Guys,

I see there is a lot of experience here, so I just joined Beesource and I need your help.

I recently started grafting and ended up with surplas cells. Its coming into Spring here. Im in the tropics the temps are ranging between aprox 15-27C. I have a bit of a flow on too lucky me!

The excess cells I gave to a fellow Beek friend who put 2 in nucs and and caged 5, which he placed in a super above a queen right hive and excluder - im assuming to bank them for a short period as he was short on hardware.

He took them from my place directly from the hive and had them in his within the hour, in the middle of the day aprox 27C.

My cells went into nucs.

The cells in the nucs hatched day 16 (Both mine and his).

He checked the cages and had nothing. He checked the cages yesterday (day 19) and opened one to find a live queen.

Questions:

Are they delayed to being cold, perhaps not enough nurse bees up there?
Are they worth saving, or will they be inferior?
If worth saving what to do...will moving a couple of frames of brood up help?

I appreciate any help or advice!
 

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I got a reply from a third generation beekeeper (on another forum) if anyone is interested in his comments for educational reasons be basically suggested:

1. Discard the queens they wont be any good.

2. They may have been chilled but more likly damaged due to handling.

3. Nurse bees keep cells warm using body contact, so add them to the cell cages as required.
 
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