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    Re: Virgin queens in swarm...

    Thanks AR!
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    Re: Virgin queens in swarm...

    Yes. I made sure. Thanks.
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    Re: Virgin queens in swarm...

    Anyone?
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    Virgin queens in swarm...

    We recently caught 2 of our own bee swarms...they were about a week apart. In the first swarm we caught the queen and noticed some bees balling something. It was another virgin queen in the swarm. ...
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Unfortunately, no. I will try to take one Saturday though.
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    They are bringing in pollen.
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    They are able to fly.
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Thanks for all the advice! We will give it another go this weekend and I will post the results.
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Thanks Astro! You know, the last 2 times we grafted we didn't put the cell cups in there the day before to let the bees clean them...wonder if that might be the problem too. We will try your...
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Also, we tried adding the donor frame to the cell builder a few hours before we grafted and that didn't help either.
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Ok, we are totally perplexed. Last 2 attempts at grafting have resulted in zero cells drawn out. Don't understand it. We have done everything by the book...please read my earlier posts to this...
  12. Re: Best prices on the internet for nuc boxes and 10 frame deep hive bodies...

    Thanks for all the tips guys.
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    Not sure what they call "mill run". For the price you are making them I may do it because I can buy a 4x8 sheet of Advantech plywood for $24 at Lowes.
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    Thanks kaizen! deknow, I saw where Mann Lake sells the mill run nucs for $10.98 each in quantities of 25 or more. Not bad but if I can make them for half that I should consider it because I'll still...
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    So you have about $5.60 into each nuc not counting your bottoms if my math is correct?
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    Can anyone tell me who has the best prices? I've been going back and forth trying to decide on making my own and buying them. Really hard to find 1x12 pine or spruce here and cypress is too...
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    Re: Photos of larvae at the "right stage

    Great post deknow!
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    Re: Photos of larvae at the "right stage

    Don't feel bad about your question...obviously you are talking about grafting as this is the queen rearing forum. It amazes me how some people can be such jerks when answering a question. If it...
  19. Re: Ways to protect queen cells from other hatched queens...

    Thanks Ddawg!!
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    Thanks!!
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    How are you attaching the queen cell to the hair roller cage?
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    Can anyone give me some ideas on how to protect queen cells we find from another queen that hatches first. Specifically, when we are doing inspections and we come across queen cells in our cell...
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    Thanks for all the tips!!
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    I forgot to ask also, how often can we add more grafts? Will they bees draw out more queen cells if they already have capped queen cells in there or should we start a second cell builder? Thanks.
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    Re: Low acceptance rate...

    We are using the Joseph Clemmons method where we use a cell builder/finisher. We make up the cell builder the day before with as many nurse bees as we can fit in there along with 2 frames of brood,...
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