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Offline ivashka

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virgin queen
« on: August 05, 2010, 03:33:59 AM »
I grafted some queens and they hatched on July 25th and she was suppose to mate by July 31st. I checked my hive that has my grafted virgin queen on August 1st and didn't see no eggs or anything.  Does it mean she never went mating? I haven't checked my hive since august 1st to see what's happening in there. But once I check and there are no eggs, what should I do?  lately we've been having rain and thunderstorms in the evening and not sure if it has anything to do with it.
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Re: virgin queen
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2010, 07:17:30 AM »
Check in another week. Your schedule is very tight in the timeframe of expectations. It does not always happen that soon.

Queens usually mate between late morning and about 3 pm.  So late day thunderstorms should not interfer with the process.
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Offline kathyp

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Re: virgin queen
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010, 01:57:44 PM »
my last one took one month from egg to laying.  i almost combined the hive with another thinking i'd lost her.
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Offline bugleman

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Re: virgin queen
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010, 03:41:24 AM »
I have found that 2 weeks is not long enough to verify queens.

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Re: virgin queen
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2010, 09:25:05 AM »
Two weeks is typical.  But some take longer.  If you don't have eggs after 24 days from emergence, then I'd write them off.
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