i did a check on my hive and noticed that i always have queen cells just nothing in them, if i cut them out they make more asap but they are never used, is it normal to have a few queen cells just incase?
nothing to worry about, they like to keep those around for just in case. swarm season is almost here down in alabama. it's probably still early for swarming in bc, but that's when you'll want to keep a close watch on those cups.
i don't know for sure. the workers prepare empty cells for the queen to lay in by first polishing it up and then depositing a little nectar in it. my guess is they would prepare a queen cup in the same way, but i have heard it mentioned that the workers move an egg to the queen cup. perhaps someone who knows will chime in.
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