First try on raising a queen. Attempting to pull a frame with a queen cell or two to start a nuc.
Question.... at what stage of the cell ....what do I look for to determine the proper time to pull?
Any other tips appreciated.
you can pull at any stage there is developing larvae, but to get the healthiest cell you may want to wait until the cell is capped (day 7-8) before moving it. If you move it earlier than that, you will want to make sure that your nuc has a strong population of nurse bees to continue feeding developing queen larvae until it is capped. Of course where these queen cells are coming from also detrmines when you should move them. If its swarming season, dont wait until they are capped as your original queen may have already swarmed. In swarm season move the original queen into the nut, leave a couple of cells for a new queen to emerge and all others make more nucs with!
If it's capped, you've made it past feeding issues. If it's papery on the tip, she is about to emerge and you've made it past heat issues. Those two, feeding and heat, are my concerns when putting a queen cell in a nuc. Depending, of course, on the time of year, the flow and how packed the nuc is with bees...
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