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Checking out my hives and found what appears to be 2 started queen cells. Just captured this swarm 7 days ago and they are in a deep. They have about 8 frames drwen out.

Surely these guys are not fixing to swarm after 7 days.

This was on the inside of the next to outside frame.

Whats up with this.


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They are queen cups. Sometimes they are developed into cells, sometimes they aren't. Also, if they are, they are in the position of supercedure cells, not swarm cells.

Since the old queen leaves with the swarm, she is often replaced shortly after re-establishing. Let them do what they want. They know best.

They are NOT preparing to swarm again.
 

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Looks like the comb I had built up in my 2nd hive when I looked in yesterday, the one that is aggressive and still was, I almost think something happen to the queen. The first hive had lot of comb build up but saw no honey yet, seem all the bees were on 2 frams and could not see to much of what they had done or any brood group, maybe should have smoked bees away to looked but didn't. I lite my smoker the way fatman bee showed and it worked well and had good smoke for an hour, more than enough to go through the two hives.

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What are Supercedure cells? and How do you get a smoker to stay lit for an hour? Had to lite mine about 4 times yesterday.

I added a medium super yesterday to this hive since they were working on 8 of 10 frames in 7 days.
 

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Supercedure cells are ones that bees build to replace a queen that they have determined there is a problem with (old, damaged, failing in some way).
An Emergency cell is just that, they have immediately recognized a serious problem (pinched or crushed queen during an inspection, etc.) and immediately seek out a proper aged egg or day old larvae and begin to raise a succesor.
Only 4 times? Welcome to the club! :wink:
 

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What are Supercedure cells? and How do you get a smoker to stay lit for an hour? Had to lite mine about 4 times yesterday.
An excellent way to keep your smoker lit, or should I say to bring an absolutely cold, dead, non-burning smoker to life is to leave it sitting in the floorboard of a Jeep Wrangler. Be sure to monitor it for about 30 minutes prior to abandoning it in the jeep to be sure it is dead. It also helps if a slight rain falls on/in the smoker (with the top opened). It would probably be better if you used your neighbor's Jeep but if you must use yours then go ahead. Come back 30 minutes later and you will be amazed at how much smoke that magic lantern puts out!!!!! Trust me...it works!!!!!

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Yankee , take an old cardboard box and cut it into 3 inch strips, dosen't have to be exact, pull the card board apart, roll up, lite up put in smoker, puff to get going good than put another roll card board in, puff some more than grab some old pine straw, weeds or what ever and cram into smoker and it will stay lite for a long time, may have to stuff more straw in ever once in a while but it will be there for you.

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