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Hi, All! Today I cut out a big queen cell to put it into a new nuc hive.
I use a sharp knife to cut it out and use a hive tool to carry it to the nuc
15' away as it is covered with bees. Needless to say the hive tool was not
big enough to hold the cell and I dropped it onto the ground about 2.5 feet
fall.
Has anybody had this situation before? You think this cell will hatch? Or should I put
another queen cell into this nuc? Look like she will hatch in 3 more days.
 

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Depends on how old it was, but it'll probably be okay.

Why didn't you carry it in your hand?
 

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I literally threw one out one day because I didn't have any place to use it. A couple hives later, found my queen cell from another hive had been chewed up and found the Spawn of Satan that did it and ran the hive tool through her.

Went out and found the cell in the grass and put it in the hive and all went well.
 

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>"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." Zora Neale Hurston

Zora apparently knew a lot of optimists and not very many pessimists...

I've seen videos of some very rough handling of queen cells that turned out ok... so odds are in your favor, but wing buds can be damaged and cause crumpled wings. So I'd check on her in three or four days...
 

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I didn't carry in my hand because too many bees on the cell. So I thought the hive tool
would be better. Oh well, learn as I go. I'll improve the next time around.
Anyways, they don't like her apparently and chewed up the cell today. Don't worry though as
I have a few back up bigger cells just in case the virgin not make it back and some other accidents that I
cannot anticipate. I will try again tomorrow from another cell.
 
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