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I have a queenless hive that has a good looking (supercedure) queen cell. I live in Central MA - what are the odds that when the queen hatches (in about a week) that she'll find any drones? Am I better off trying to buy a mated queen?

I checked with a knowledgeable beekeeper locally, but want more opinions.

Thanks - Steven
 

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I did a split the 10 th of March. I have eggs now, but we've had some really warm weather. I think you would be fine. You are probably no more than 4 weeks behind my location in weather??????
 

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I live in central Iowa and have the same situation. I found one hive queenless and one with a queen cell. I move the frame from the hive that had the queen cell to the hive that was queenless and I hope it works. M
 

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If you 2 haven't found queens yet, I picked up a couple of packages and Everett has extra Italian queens. These queens are from Gardner in Georgia... I don't know how they will winter, but you could use them and then requeen later in the summer. I'm going to requeen the packages in July.

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Good luck
 
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