>The queen cell is only a few days from emerging. you can take 12 days or so from your numbers there. If it were to hatch within a day, mate within 5, and begin laying within 2 or 3 more, he could have eggs in 10 days or less.
;) Yes that I understand --- just used full numbers from beginning to start. 49-12=37 (almost two brood cycles) if things go well.
>It's always a gamble, but each one of us must make our own gambles.
Agreed --- just looking at our hand, trying to decide whether to hold them or fold'em :-D Or should I say draw another card. You might get a QUEEN :-D
>a queen cell is a queen cell. If you let it emerge in the queenright hive, one will likely kill the other - or the virgin might make a cast/swarm.
>You have a queen right there, man! Take her!!
I agree --- it's hard to tear down a queen cell. It takes very limited resouces to set up a mating nuc if you have the material. Two hive he probably don't have the extra equipment???
Maybe my stock or not enough ferals in my area. Not real good luck with home grown queens. But still hoping ;)!!!
>he could have eggs in 10 days or less.
Maybe let her hatch , try to evaluate real quick. id says about 10 days. and if it don't work out get a queen asap!!!