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  1. #1
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    I just have seven hives and wanted some opinions on different kits,to raise my own queens for the first time.Ease of use,success rate etc...thanks...JOHN

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    John:

    You thinking of buying a kit, which can be expensive for only having a few colonies, or thinking of making your own, which is very inexpensive, and probably the easiest way to go.

    Regards,

    Dee A. Lusby

  3. #3
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    John:

    You thinking of buying a kit, which can be expensive for only having a few colonies, or thinking of making your own, which is very inexpensive, and probably the easiest way to go.

    Regards,

    Dee A. Lusby

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    Read "Contemporary Queen Rearing" by H.H. Laidlaw. There are several "non-grafting" methods for the small time queen rearing beekeeper.

    Jim

  5. #5
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    Dee,Yes I was thinking of making my own queen rearing kit,since I build most of my bee equipment from scratch.Know of any good plans on the net or elsewhere?It would be a good winter project to do ,maybe for next summer.I'm all for saving money If I can build it...thanks JOHN

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    This is to let you know that Dee A. Lusby is out of the area right now for the Alabama State Beekeepers meeting 21-22 Sep and will return after 26 Sep.

    Lectures to focus on keeping bees on small cell foundation without using various treatments.

  7. #7
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    Jun 2002
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    Drums, PA, USA
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    you said>> just have seven hives and wanted some opinions on different kits,to raise my own queens for the first time.Ease of use,success rate etc...thanks...JOHN
    I built a standard frame for a deep foundation, the added a grid to it, with holes drilled in it a hair smaller than queen cups. Then I covered it with wire mesh, #5 think, bit as long as the bees can get in and queen not out. Put the queen in there for a day. Then wait for the 4th day, and transfer them to a cell bar. I used the bases, and holders from Mann Lake. Then crowd a nuc, and I mean crowd it, and feed one day before you transfer the cups. Then you are supposed to get queen cells. Mine never worked right, so I just practiced grafting. I've heard that the bees move the larvae or discard them for some reason. I get better acceptance grafting though. All I can say is try it!

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    Dale Richards
    Dal-Col Apiaries
    Drums, PA

  8. #8
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    Jim said..

    Read "Contemporary Queen Rearing" by H.H. Laidlaw. There are several "non-grafting" methods for the small time queen rearing beekeeper.
    Jim

    I got "Rearing Queen Honey Bees" from Roger Morse, and it tells you what you need to know, but if you go to the links, David Cushman has a website, and it helps out too. If you use Google to search, search "Queen Rearing" and alot of sites come up. I took what I needed and left the rest!

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    Dale Richards
    Dal-Col Apiaries
    Drums, PA

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