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    Splits with no brood?

    I have 3 hives that for some reason had queen problems and now have little to no capped brood. Lots of bees in these hives. I want to buy queens but don't know how things will turn out if there...
  2. queen cells or caged virgin queens for nucs?

    Iím attempting to raise my own queens. I made my own wax cups mounted them on a bar attached to a frame. My plan is to cut the queen cells just before they hatch and put them in nucs. Iím not able to...
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    Carrying a few queens on airplane

    Was just wondering if anyone tried carrying a few queens with them on an airplane. I am visiting a friend who has queens and would like to take them back with me on the airplane.
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    Bringing back queen bees on airplane

    I'm going to travel to Florida in a few weeks and will be visiting a bee apiary near by. I was wondering if I buy some and want to bring them back with me on the airplane if TSA will allow me to.
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    What happened to my queen cells?

    I’ve been attempting to raise my own queens using the cell cup method and have not succeeded yet. This latest attempt looked like it should have worked. I checked just before they were due to cap the...
  6. Re: The scent of a different hive (Queen cage)

    Out of the 20 cells it looks like only two have royal jelly in it. Will try again and this time make sure they hatched.
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    Eggs and royal jelly?

    When do nurse bees start feeding royal jelly? Do they feed the eggs before they hatch or after?
  8. Re: The scent of a different hive (Queen cage)

    Its been 3 days since I put the queen in and what I thought were larvae turned out to bee eggs. I already removed the cell onto the bar and put it in the cell builder hive. I read in here that they...
  9. The scent of a different hive (Queen cage)

    I got my first queen rearing kit from Mannlake after failing in grafting. The instruction says to put the empty cage in the hive a few days before capturing the queen and putting her inside the cage....
  10. Importance of humidity in making splits.

    I inspected my hive and found swarm cells on three frames and decided to make some splits using these frames. I moved the frame with the queen cell and two others with brood and shook some bees into...
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    Re: First grafting attempt disaster?

    Okay, I've made three attempts at getting queen cells. The first two grafting failed. The third attempt was to give them a frame of young larvae and be done with this cell builder hive. When I went...
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    Getting queen into cell cup cage

    Iím going to try using those cages with the removable cell cups that confine the queen into laying in them. Iíve never handled queens before. What is the best way to catch her and put her into these...
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    Re: Mann Lake Queen Rearing Kit

    I'm thinking of giving system a try since my grafting failed. But I'm hesitant because I'm not sure of how I would catch the queen and get her into the cage. How is this done? Grabing her wings?
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    Re: First grafting attempt disaster?

    I thought I was getting some queen cells but after taking a close look I didn't see any developing larvae. I'm new at this but it did look like they were building cells. See in the photo they were...
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    Re: First grafting attempt disaster?

    I check again yesterday to see how many graft took, and at first thought 5 or 6 based on observing new wax build up on the cups I made. but I'm not sure. If I have the timing right they should cap...
  16. Re: How soon is too soon to collect queen cells

    Wow! this is great thanks!!!
  17. How soon is too soon to collect queen cells

    I grafted some larvae for the first time and it appears that some are taking. I was very nervous and collected the smallest larvae I could find. I believe they were 2 days old as best I could tell. I...
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    Re: First grafting attempt disaster?

    I took a quick look and if I understood what they were doing it looks like I may have 5 or 6 cells (out of 13) are being worked on. I might just be overly optimistic. Maybe in a week it will be...
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    First grafting attempt disaster?

    Today I attempted to graft for the first time. I made my queen cups and mounted them on a bar and frame. Yesterday I separated a supper that had no larvae and some capped brood. This super has been...
  20. Preparing hives for building queens and nucs.

    I’m going to attempt to raise my own queens this year by grafting larvae to a bar of cups I constructed. Its still a bit early to do this here even thou we have had warm weather for a while (60's)....
  21. Removing bees from frame to collect larvae for grafting

    This will be my first attempt at raising my own queens and will give it a try this weekend. I was just curous about how shaking the bees off the frame might affect the cells with royal jelly. Will it...
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    Is it better to shake or brush bees?

    Iím going to make splits and need to get bees off of the frames. I was wondering if the shaking causes problems to the larvae or brood and that I should just use a brush to get them off. Which is...
  23. Is it too early to attempt to raise queen cells here in Northern New Mexico?

    I want to attempt to raise my own queens for the first time. I made the wax cups and mounted them to a bar on the frame. I think it looks good from watching Youtube videos. So now I need to find some...
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    Should I worry about wax moths now?

    I have a few hives that didnít make it this winter. One absconded in the fall and one lost lots of bees and died. Both have clean frames of comb and some capped honey. Iíve been keeping them outside...
  25. Thread: Fall Nucís

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    Fall Nucís

    I know everyone starts nucís in the spring and summer. The new nucs need time to get established right? But I was wondering about starting nucís in the fall. Here is my logic. If you split hives with...
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