How long can an egg last?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by PerryBee, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    A theoretical question:

    I place a frame with eggs in a hive, trying to get it to requeen, and say the bees in that hive choose to ignore it.
    If I come back in a week to check, is it possible that the eggs I see could be the ones on the frame I put in earlier and actually be a week old?
    How long will an egg last? (not asking how long it would remain viable) What would become of an egg after 3 days if it is not fed?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    The workers will remove it. You had a queen cell you did not see.
     

  3. sqkcrk

    sqkcrk New Member

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    If you waited that long and are now seeing eggs, you have a queen and they aren't the eggs you put in there in the frame you moved.
     
  4. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    The eggs would have hatched and if unattended, the larvae would have died and dried up. As Iddee said, the workers would have cleaned out the dead larvae. Neglect will not slow down the three-day till hatching period of the eggs in a normal hive.
     
  5. G3farms

    G3farms New Member

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    what efmesch said :thumbsup: