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I split a hive on sunday may 23. the 1/2 that i moved i took the queen with. i left the other 1/2 queenless to raise a bunch of queen cells which i planned on cutting them out and transfering to nucs. this brood chamber was full of capped eggs, larva, and brood. i checked the hive on sunday may 30th and i had a least six nice capped queen cells. i went last night june 1 to cut out the queen cells and move them and all but one was already hatched out.:eek:
How many days do you guys generally wait to cut out and transfer queen cells when raising them like this? Obviously the eggs they made into queens were older than i anticipated. and i though i was at day 12 or 13.:doh:
 

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I split a hive on sunday may 23. the 1/2 that i moved i took the queen with. i left the other 1/2 queenless to raise a bunch of queen cells which i planned on cutting them out and transfering to nucs. this brood chamber was full of capped eggs, larva, and brood. i checked the hive on sunday may 30th and i had a least six nice capped queen cells. i went last night june 1 to cut out the queen cells and move them and all but one was already hatched out.:eek:
How many days do you guys generally wait to cut out and transfer queen cells when raising them like this? Obviously the eggs they made into queens were older than i anticipated. and i though i was at day 12 or 13.:doh:
The bees will generally prefer to use young larvae to start queen cells if there are any available, but to be safe, figure that they can use 3 day old larvae to to start queen cells on the day you split, meaning that it hs been 6 (or even 6-1/2) days since the eggs were layed. Cells will hatch 15-17 days from being layed, so as early as 9 days from when you split. You split on May 23rd, so cells could hatch as early as June 1st (yesterday - which it sounds llike they did :D).

I generally move my cells 1 or 2 days before this worst-case (best case:scratch:) schedule to be safe. In fact I did a split on May 24th and seperated the capped queen cells yesterday June 1.

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thanks that makes sense. i was thinking of a 3 day old egg not a 3 day old larva. so when i looked at all those queen cells that were capped on sunday i should have pulled them out then. oh well. thanks for the help.
 

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thanks that makes sense. i was thinking of a 3 day old egg not a 3 day old larva. so when i looked at all those queen cells that were capped on sunday i should have pulled them out then. oh well. thanks for the help.
lesson for next tme, right :D Hopefully you managed to salvage the one capped cell and you should have at least one nice virgin from the other 5 cells that emerged -if so, I would say that 2 queens for your trouble is not a bad outcome! (I just tried grafting my first queens using the Nicot System and only ended up with 2 cells instead of 10 from some beginner's mistakes, so I am going through the same logic :))

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