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Offline Caelansbees

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Multiple eggs per cell in queen right hive
« on: May 04, 2013, 09:38:19 PM »
Upon inspecting a nuc today.  The queen was on the fram I was holding and many of the cells had double and triple eggs.  All dead center.  Nuc is full of brood, ready to place into a larger box.  What gives thou?

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Re: Multiple eggs per cell in queen right hive
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 09:57:58 PM »
young queens will often misfire.  she will settle down.
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Re: Multiple eggs per cell in queen right hive
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 10:03:21 PM »
What will come of the cells with many eggs?

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Re: Multiple eggs per cell in queen right hive
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 10:09:48 PM »
The workers will remove the extra if fertilized, remove them all if sterile.
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Re: Multiple eggs per cell in queen right hive
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 10:31:19 PM »
Yep, I've seen that before with a young queen.  She'll get the hang of it soon enough and in the meantime the workers will correct her mistakes. 
Another way to tell you have a laying worker besides -- multiple eggs in a cell, all drones -- is that a laying worker's abdomen is shorter and her eggs very often will be on the sides of the cell as she can't reach the bottom as well as the elongated queen can.
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Re: Multiple eggs per cell in queen right hive
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 01:22:04 AM »
@Michael Bush, I know I had read that in your book.  However, I watched her do it myself. Popping them out rapid fire. Leaving 2-3 and sometimes as many as 4. 

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Re: Multiple eggs per cell in queen right hive
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 11:09:26 AM »
New queens or queens who are starting to lay again after a break, often lay multiple eggs.  Usually not as many as 4 but I wouldn't rule that out...
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