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I have split that I did about a week back and I preformed a check up on it today. All looks well and I have two capped queen cells (recently capped). My question is if I leave them both to hatch will I have a cast swarm on my hands? I have hesitations about removing all but one as I've thought of it as my insurance against a queenless hive.
Also there was a third capped cell which I removed and it had nothing in it but some royal jelly (which makes me wonder about the other cells)!
Anyone know what is up with that?
I just haven' heard why they would cap an empty cell:s
I KNOW for sure one cell did have a larva prior to being capped.
There were also numerous queen cups (with no eggs/larvae in them ofc).
Any help is appreciated...
 

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leave the cells alone, let them figure it out. any capped cells will be dealt with by the first virgin to emerge, and the uncapped cells will be taken care of also. Good job, sounds like its gonna work out just fine.
 

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Personally have never encountered a capped and empty queen cell. I agree with the last post. I introduced a new queen to a hive a couple of weeks ago. I pinched the old girl because they were very hot. I installed the new one several days later. I went in about four days after I relased her and there were no less than 25 capped queen cells. I left them all alone and went in three days later to see what was happening. There were plenty of eggs and every one of the capped cells had been removed. It was just amazing they took care of business so quickly. Given the choice next time, I would recommend leaving all the cells. If you remove any, maybe take the shorter or smaller ones and leave the rest. Good job and good luck.
 
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