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I've been keeping an eye on the hive that I have in my backyard, from the trapout. I had a rough guestimate of when the queen cell was capped. I figured I had between today and the day after tomorrow, before the queen emerged. I needed to make nucs, so i could split, and I wanted to use the 3 other cells on that frame. Something told me to go look today, and lucky I did!! When I popped the top and pulled the frame she was on I could see her little head emerging! HOLY CATS! I didn't have a knife with me so I used the edge of my tool to cut out the other cells! I don't think I could have cut that any closer! OH! Then, miss thing kind of runs and jumps onto my shirt! OH CRAP! PLEASE DON'T FALL! :beg: I quickly put the frame against my stomach and she runs back to it, and runs to the other side of the frame. Whew! Of course, I quickly put the frame back! She's a pretty thing. Light color phase, out of the Carni hive.

Question: Will a queen from a cell taken from a totally different hive, breed with drones from the hive she's in?
 

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Now there is something I did not know! I was wondering how inbreeding was avoided since I let my hives raise their own queens rather than buying from other sources. Those little queenies are smart, no?
 

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Ok,i read this and i have never heard it before.( i think on another fourm?) That Drones from different hives can fly in and out of hives other than their own without being attacked :confused: . This couldn't be right could it??? Jack
 

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Yes, it is correct. Drones are accepted and fed in any hive they go to during mating season. That is the number one way mites get from one hive to another.
 

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I am not certain??? of the content or gist of some of the message here.

Rather than comment on certain questionable comments just let me say that nature has wayS of limiting inbreeding.... the primary mechanism for mother nature to avoid this problem in regards to honeybees is drone congestion areas. The books are vague on the why of drone congestion areas, although it does appear they are used season after season after season.

Inbreeding can be a very useful tool in 'human imposed' queen rearing schemes... i.e. to increase the frequency of a desire trait (the downside is those individual become more fragile and or difficult to maintain due primarily to the misalignment of sex alleles). almost anyone can somewhat monitor inbreeding in their hives (or apiary) by noting the number of missed cells in a solid frame of capped worker brood. if the number of missed cells become too large then generally this suggest that you are witnessing identical sex alleles lining up and the suggestion than inbreeding is becoming a problem in your bee yard.
 
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