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I made up some nucs today and I was going to let them make there own queens but when I was going thru them I found swarm cells. so I cut them out and put them in the hives, two were caped one was almost done. Has anone had luck with this situation?:scratch:
 

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I do this each year and get some good queens. When I find swarm cells I take that frame with the adhering bees and place it in a small nuc. The queen emerges, mates and returns to lay eggs in most cases. Sometimes the queen is lost during a mating flight but most do return and begin egg laying. I think you get better queens with this method as opposed to allowing a small nuc colony to rear its own queen. Good luck.
 
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