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Using Queen Cells

Some ideas on using queen cells

Whether queen cells are produced by "artificial" or "natural" means, the beekeeper needs to understand how the receiving colony will react when they are introduced. Bees are usually quite predictable, but will occasionally do the unexpected.

I will assume the beekeeper has assessed the colony the Q/C has come from and it is from a good colony with the desired characteristics. There is little point in using Q/Cs from a poor colony, though in an emergency, such as late in the season, where you are in need of a Q/C and the only one available is from a poor colony, then use it. It could save a colony and you can always rectify the situation later.

The following points may be helpful:-

Roger Patterson.

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