I just ordered my queen rearing kit from Mann Lake.
Now, even thought I know there are instructions, or at least I hope, can someone tell me how to use this stuff.
any potential draw backs? any extra equipment I need?
When is best to rear queens? when I get the kit, can I try it just for the heck of it?
My friend has some hives and would like to requeen them this season. Can I rear the queens for him?
>any potential draw backs?
Just the cost of the supplies.
>any extra equipment I need?
Well, you'll have to put the queen box in a frame. It's nice to have a Floor Without a Floor so you can go from a queenless cell starter to a queenright cell finisher immediately, but it's not necessary, just conveinient. It's just a three sided frame of 3/4" wood with a 3/8" by 3/8" notch in it and a piece of 1/4" laun plywood to slide into the notch and 1 1 by two to put on the bottom of the frame where it will make a landing board.
>When is best to rear queens? when I get the kit, can I try it just for the heck of it?
You might get them to raise one more batch of queens this late, but it depends on what the bees want to do. I just put a batch of cells in the hives from a batch I started on the 21st of August. I didn't have much luck getting them to raise queens here, before May in the spring.
>My friend has some hives and would like to requeen them this season. Can I rear the queens for him?
You can try. But the first few tries often fail and I don't think you have time for more than one try. But I'd give it one try if I were you. What do you have to lose?
How to do this? I've posted my method several times.
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