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Just noticed an odd bee on my landing board, and looks like the queens are emerging. Hopefully there is a nice strong one hardening off in the hive. My schedule says to check them on 5/31, so I am sure this was an unlucky late riser.

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Are those Italian queens? She look like it though.
Why wait another week to check for newly emerged virgin queen?
I would go in to see if they have not kill every queen. How many qcs are
in there to start of? I thought the old queen will fly away by herself.
 

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If you mark her b/4 her mating flight what if she did not come back. Isn't that a waste of time for
doing so? Isn't it better to wait after her final mating flight to mark her? Will the bird spot her
green spot for a better target? I mean what is the advantage of marking a virgin before she come back.
 

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I see, to make some queen juice for swarm bite hives.
Will a dead queen able to make some queen juice?
I have 3 queens and a worker in an alcohol bath now.
 
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