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Queen midwife?

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I had fun helping a newbee friend go through her hive yesterday. First time I heard so much and such clear piping! Long-story short-- after scraping off some queen cells I thought it would be interesting to crack one of them open. I did, and out walked the queen! She looked fully formed. I brought her back to my place and added her in a cage to a nuc that didn't queen as hoped. My question-- is she compromised because of my midwifery? I'm guessing only time will tell, but maybe one of you know more.
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If the tip of the queen cell was easy to cut off, she may have already been chewing on it from the inside. I find that immature queen cells are quite difficult to cut open without squishing the contents.
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