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Hi, All! I found a big queen cell about 1" all filled up with Royal Jelly today. My first time seeing
such a big long cell. It will be another 3 days or so before it will be capped.
Anybody doing any split or queen grafting now? And have pics to share about your work (bee's work.)
 

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We are still in winter mode in these parts but I did break a DBL. nuc down in to a single nuc and got the first queen pics of 2014 for me.:D

It has been a long cold winter can not wait till I can open feed and get in to the hives and see how they are. soon.:)
 

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Cell pics are useful if you include the short edge of a business card in the image. Short edge == 5.1 mm. This makes it a great over-under gauge of 10 cell size.
 

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this was from late Feb this year.

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this queen had already hatched out when I did my first hive inspection Feb 24. She didn't get mated, so it really messed up the dynamics of the hive. The bees capped the 3 new queen cells, but then tore into them before the larve could mature and hatch.

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Found a new group of queen cells with larvae on Mar15. Will move them this weekend to mini-mating nucs so they can hatch out and I can requeen properly.
 

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Well, since I just split on Sunday, I don't have any cell pics, but this is what I saw when I went to see how many scouts I had today at the swarm trap:
 

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