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Author Topic: uhh trapout has 9 queen cells, and I ordered 7 queens already  (Read 1306 times)
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« on: September 17, 2012, 08:50:32 PM »

FULL of bees, FULL of drones, 9 queen cells piping at each other, two have emerged, saw one queen run across a frame, couldnt catch her before it got dark.  Ok so I have 4 queenless hives, that I knew I had, and ordered 7 queens today before I looked in the nuc.  I have a bunch of double deeps in this yard.  I transferred one frame that had ONE ripe cell on it, to a queenless hive. she was making noise so its safe she will emerge and be unmolested.  If the bees in there accept her.  I use plastic foundation so I cant really cut it up.. or can I with a dremel..  it is ONE frame but it is completely drawn out.  Im sure the would fill in the gaps right, or leave holes to pass through.  I can probly make some splits and just feed the heck out of them.  What are the chances that these unmated queens will successfully mate?  What are my options here??
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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 10:04:04 PM »

so the queen cells that are talking out loud, can i take a small pick or like that and uncap the cell, scoop up the queen and put her in a wooden style cage with attendants and place her in a queenless hive letting them chew a marshmellow up to get to her?  Anyone ever help em hatch out faster?
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 12:02:28 AM »

Why not take the queen cell and put into your queenless hive? I have done this a few times in the last few weeks. No guarantee it will work for you though  Lips Sealed
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 12:10:56 AM »

they are all on one plastic foundation on both sides, If I scrape it off, im sure it will mess up the cell.  If I cut it out with a dremel it might work.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 12:31:26 AM »

Oh sorry. Didn't even think of plastic foundation.
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2012, 08:48:15 AM »

Catch them as they emerge with queen clips. A queenless hive will accept a virgin without introduction cage.  ""direct release""
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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2012, 06:34:25 PM »

was transferred one cell last night.. One queen who is fat and swollen definitely mated.. Im pretty sure she got to 4 other cells before I had a chance at lunch to get to them.  I transferred the frame with the remaining cells less bees to another queenless hive.. will check this evening if one emerged.  Then I will transfer the frame again if one is left.. just playing musical frames.  I guess I should have made some push in cages to catch them as they came out.. Then I would have been rockin! still have the 7 queens and a load of double deeps to split! OLE!
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 09:11:25 PM »

ok this is getting strange.. had 4 queenless hives I know 100% were queenless no eggs, no brood. no queen.  Can a virgin queen drift to another hive that is queenless and setup shop?
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 09:51:02 PM »

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I have hundreds of queen cells every summer and still I bye queens from proessionals.
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 10:44:19 PM »

yeah I buy queens too.  What I was asking was if a virgin queen leaves a hive on a mating flight, can she drift to a queenless hive that is inches away?
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