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bunyip
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« on: August 29, 2013, 06:14:38 AM »

I just split my first hive,now i have a question how long before there raise a new queen,I had that hive for one season and it was overflowing with bees I belive its a bit early but i had 3 swarmcells,so no choice.
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2013, 06:15:49 AM »

I mean schwarmcells.
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2013, 07:55:22 AM »

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm

If you did a walk away split and the bees already had CAPPED queen cells they will emerge sometime between 1 and 8 days after the split.  She will be laying somewhere between 14 and 21 days after that.  So we are talking between 15 and 29 days to a laying queen, with 21 days being most likely.

I think it's doubtful they were swarming if there were only 3 queen cells.  Are they cells (with larvae) or are they just cups (with no larvae)?  Assuming 3 queen cells with larvae I would assume they were superseding.  Usually when they are swarming there are dozens of queen cells.  Also, supersedure cells tend to be about the same age.  Swarm cells tend to be staggered in age.

http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfallacies.htm#swarmcellsonbottom
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2013, 09:22:05 PM »

Thanks Michael, the cells had lavae in them and there was a lot of brood all stages. So we had a realy warm winter and there been going all the time and the type of bees i got are canolian and there are prone to swarm
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 01:07:03 AM »

Hi Guys, just want u to know my split worked and i got a nice queen and 3 frames of brut in the new hive.
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 05:36:20 AM »

Congratulation, papa bee.  grin
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