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We got some discussions amongst the team, if grafted cells are more like emergency cells or swarm cells. The point for emergency cells would be that the hive is made queen less and because of that starts rearing the cells. But the point for swarm cells is that the hive is put into conditions which copy the swarming mood and with this the bees produce big, well fed cells. Does anyone know who of us would be more right?

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Generally grafted cells are started under queenless conditions and are therefore at least started under emergency conditions. Cells raised totally under emergency conditions are typically capped about

They are not always but supersedure cells are often huge. I do find that cells raised during swarm season tend to be bigger than those in the autumn but as long as they still have some royal jelly lef

We got some discussions amongst the team, if grafted cells are more like emergency cells or swarm cells. The point for emergency cells would be that the hive is made queen less and because of that sta

They are not always but supersedure cells are often huge. I do find that cells raised during swarm season tend to be bigger than those in the autumn but as long as they still have some royal jelly left in the bottom then they are big enough.

I suspect that the cells I raise are a hybrid between emergency response and swarming because my cell raises are both queenless and highly populated.

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Generally grafted cells are started under queenless conditions and are therefore at least started under emergency conditions. Cells raised totally under emergency conditions are typically capped about a day earlier than those raised under superceedure / swarm conditions snd are theirfor not fed as much and don't develop as fully as queens. This is why most cell raising systems change to a queen right superceedure condition soon after the cells are started. 

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On 21/10/2020 at 10:24 PM, southbee said:

One day I might have to send him off to you, @Maggie James to learn it all properly! Wouldn't mind, just that Canterbury seems such a long way away!!

Thanks for the compliment.  Haven't worked out schedule for next year.

 

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