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PostPosted: Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:53 pm    Post subject: Queen Cell Drawing Reply with quote

On Tuesday I transferred the old queen out of the hive in order to make them think she had swarmed. I cut them some cells where there was only 1 day old larva in it at the same time. Also did the same to some eggs just in case the larva was to old for their liking. Well I thought after 24 hours they would have started cells around the eggs or larva but I haven't see any on the two bars that I cut.

Should I just check tonight and see if they have started somewhere else that I don't want them to?

Any thought as to what might be going on in there little heads?
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