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  1. #1
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    I'm planning on producing some queens for my own purposes next season and have read Laidlaw's book, but have a problem. Most of the suppliers have equipment for graftless queen rearing (jenter, etc.), but I'm having trouble finding plain queen cells.

    Can I use these queen cells (jenter, etc.) in queen cell holder frames? Is there any difference? I'm just looking to do it the old fashioned way since I don't need many.

  2. #2
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    >I'm having trouble finding plain queen cells.

    http://www.beeequipment.com/products.asp?pcode=506
    http://go.netgrab.com/secure/kelleys...asp?product=97
    http://www.mannlakeltd.com/catalog/page25.htm
    http://www.dadant.com/catalog/produc...60e9e8a7e95c5a

    >Can I use these queen cells (jenter, etc.) in queen cell holder frames?

    Only in the ones made for it not the regular ones, no.

    >Is there any difference?

    Yes.

    >I'm just looking to do it the old fashioned way since I don't need many.

    Take 5/16" dowels and round them off. Soak them in water and then dip them in wax and make your own cups. [img]smile.gif[/img] Or buy from the regular plastic ones from any of the leading bee supply places I listed above.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  3. #3
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    Thank you for your reply MB. I don't know how the heck I missed them. I think I'll try to make my own. Thanks.

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    How many do you need? That would determine the method used. Also i would keep a spare or two for the entire season. You never know and could also help a neighbor.

    Hawk
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    you could also contact walter t kelley co and acquire cell cup holders (essential a short section of dowel rod with a small hole drilled in one end) and wax cups (the product of process michael bush described above).

    both items are quite time intensive items to make and can be purchased from kelley quite inexpensively.

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    tecumseh, go to bed.
    KC0YXI

  7. #7
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    Thanks for the info. I only have 4 hives, but I've ended up with some pretty darn good queens letting them breed on their own instead of buying. I just want to use a nuc box, so the down time is in it rather than in the hives producing honey.

    Why do you need the hole in the dowel?

  8. #8
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    Robert Hawkins sezs:
    tecumseh, go to bed.

    tecumseh replies:
    that's exactly what I deserve when I try to type and cook breakfast at the same time... me bad.

    but then ribster ask:
    Why do you need the hole in the dowel?
    the small wax cell cups are inserted in the hole in the dowel. I think kelley list them under miscellanous items...

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