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Offline samsungpizza

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Evaluating queen cells
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:44:03 PM »
I will have too many queen cells for the number of nucs I will be making (by design). Will putting 2 cells per nuc be a problem? I see the first queen out eliminating the other, but don't see that as a problem. Survival of the fittest. Just curious to see if anybody else has done this. Always learning. Tks.

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Re: Evaluating queen cells
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2013, 10:53:05 AM »
>Will putting 2 cells per nuc be a problem?

No.  I often do this if I don't have enough nucs for them all or a use for them.  It is better insurance in case one doesn't emerge.  I wouldn't do it unless I just had them left over, though.
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Offline njfl

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Re: Evaluating queen cells
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2013, 01:38:22 PM »
Good problem to have!

Offline WarPonyFarms

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Re: Evaluating queen cells
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2013, 03:28:39 PM »
I use a light and check my cells and make sure there is a live queen in them before I place them into a nuc.  With practice, it only takes a couple seconds.  Then I double up the extras. 

Too many is a good problem to have.