Hi Dawn, thanks for that. As far as the queen cell itself goes, I wonder if it is only there for 12 out of those 16 days before it is ripped?
Yes, I reckon the more frequently you inspect for queen cells, the better chance you have of finding them for sure. I’m wondering though about the possibility that you might miss a queen cell that was 5 days into construction when you do your weekly inspection? By the time you look again aren’t you potentially 3 days too late? Say you inspected every 5 days instead, and you missed a 5 day old one on the first inspection, by the time you look again it would be 10 days old and much harder to miss and you could intercept it before emergence?
It has to be if you want to know how old your queen is. Just too quick a process. A supersedure can happen so easily without being noticed out of the swarm season inspection routine.
Yes thanks Jeff… true. I find I get more chalkbrood in the frames I move away in the split rather than the ones I leave behind, even when grouped. This year my splits will be in an ideal box only. It is very cool here in spring when the numbers increase dramatically. The average maximum is only 15c when I split - and then much cooler most of the day and night.