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I requeened a hive with undesirable characteristics this past Monday. When I checked today to see if she was released (she was) I could see several queen cells on each of the frames sandwiching the queen cage that weren't there before. For what it's worth, I pinched the old queen two days before introducing the new queen. Will the new queen destroy these and any other queen cells? My worry is that this hive is trying to swarm and I might lose the queen I just put in. Any advice is appreciated.
 

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Thanks Joseph. I will be checking that hive again in 4 or 5 days to see if the new queen is laying. If I notice more queen cells do you recommend doing anything?
 

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Don't cut the cells! For one reason or another the bees don't like the new queen and will probably supersede her. Make a split with the frames with cells and leave your new queen with the old hive. If they do supersede you can reunite (newspaper unite) the split and hive after the virgin gets mated.
 
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