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joebrown
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« on: August 11, 2011, 06:37:04 PM »

I split a hive around the 7th of July with a queen cell. The queen finally started laying during the last week of July. She has only been laying a couple of weeks. I checked the nuc today and they have a capped queen cell in there. The nuc is not strong enough to swarm. The queen cell is on the bottom of the frame. There was a little drone brood in the brood chamber, but I chalk that up to misfires when she first started laying. She is laying a good pattern. Wonder why they are going to replace her. My remedy. They know more than I so I left the queen cell in the nuc. I then placed the queen in a queenless section of a queen castle. They have been queenless for a few days with no eggs. Hopefully they do not kill her. It will be interesting to see what happens. I am going to watch the queen in the queen castle for a week or so, and hopefully the nuc will be happier with their knew boss lady!
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011, 09:34:35 PM »

Sounds like a good move Joe.  I hate to get rid of a good queen.  You never know if a virgin queen will make it back from a mating flight, so keeping the old queen around can be an insurance policy against the birds or a queen with a bad sense of direction. 
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011, 02:21:49 PM »

That was my thinking as well. I checked the queen in the mating nuc today and she is crawling around in there. I think she is going to be fine for now.
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