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« on: July 14, 2009, 12:03:17 AM »

Im courious how much the size of a queen cell matters to the health of the queen and how productive she may be.  I did a few searches on internet and could find no reference to it.  Im wondering if the size of the cell is an important factor when picking a queen cell when making a nuc with one.  Im guessing its and obvious yes, the bigger the better.

Can anyone give me ther oppinion or the facts on this?

Thanks much all!!

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2009, 01:41:32 AM »

A larger queen cell holds more royal jelly so get a better fed queen resulting in better performing and longer lasting queen. In this instance, bigger is better.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2009, 02:48:48 AM »

Ok, Thanks.  I figured bigger must be better.  I just made a nuc a while back with a nice large healthy looking queen cell.  I hope I do not find any more this year though.
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009, 08:50:10 PM »

IMO most queen cells have more than the queen can eat no matter how large or small they look.
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2009, 09:27:56 PM »


What really matters is the age of the larvae that the natural queen cell was construckted around.
Grafted queen cells helps to get the bigger queen.
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