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I installed several packages of bees this season and for the most part they have done well. However, two or three packages I installed soon developed supersedure cells as the queens that came with those packages are laying poor quality, shotty patterns. I read somewhere that the percentage of supersedure cells developed with package bees shortly after installing the package and accompanying queen was quite high. Is this true? What has been your experience?
 

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I don't know how much queen quality is a factor right off the bat.

For the first 3 weeks, no brood is emerging. The bees can sense this, and often blame the queen. I think this is a big reason you see so many package bees supercede the queen quickly.

If you start the package with a frame of brood from another hive, the bees don't seem to be inclined to supercede nearly as often.
 

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Following up on the original post... Is it best to just let the bees go ahead with the supersedure or should you go in and kill the old queen first? Your thoughts?
 
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