Temperatures for queens to mate

Discussion in 'Raising Queens' started by Eddy Honey, Mar 25, 2012.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    In looking at the long range forcast (silly me) I see that on the 1-3 days my queens should emerge (day 16) temps are in the 70's but on days 20-25 temps are forcast in the 50's and then back into the 60's and 70's after that. Will she mate in the 50's or can she wait a few days till the temps warm?
     
  2. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    She can wait up to approx. day 35.
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    as long as you have a variation in temperature over the two week span that follow the time the queen emerges you should have nothing (well perhaps nothing is a bit of an overstatement here) to worry about.

    optimally you want temperatures above 60 degrees with limited wind in the afternoon. I am fairly certain (via casual observation here) that queens can and do get mated at temperatures somewhat below 60.