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Offline Blair Sampson

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Suoercedure Cells
« on: July 12, 2020, 08:34:09 am »
One of my hives has a 2nd year queen who's a beautie of a layer. Numerous brood frames with solid patterns. On last inspection I found 2 capped supercedure cells. Should I cut them out or let the bees decide what's best for the colony?...… why would they want to replace such a great performing queen?

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Re: Suoercedure Cells
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2020, 08:38:46 am »
They didn't waste resources building them. They know something you don't. Leave them and let the bees do what they know is needed.
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Re: Suoercedure Cells
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2020, 12:49:44 pm »
I concur with iddee.
You can rest content that her genetics will carry on with the next generation at least.
Keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.
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Re: Suoercedure Cells
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2020, 08:53:44 am »
Cutting out capped queen cells will leave the colony queenless.  If you cut them out, you will need to install a mated, laying queen or your hive will die.  The colony knows something you don't.