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    Default Nicot system

    Anyone have any luck with this type of Queen rearing system? I would really like to know your experience, and results with it, both good, and bad.

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    When i first got mine a few years back Got 11 out of 16 first try beautifully built

    And i learned some things that worked better for me

    The second batch was about late Aug put the queen in the grid got about 20 larva they built about 80% then about 3/4 the way after they were sealed the cell builder tore 1/2 of the 80% down out of the remaining 7 or 8 sealed cells went to get them to put in the nuc's they had tore most all down

    The third try the queen had laid about 70 Cups i thought wow this will work great I set up another cell starter finisher in a 5 frame nuc put in about 30 cell cups with very tiny larva 12 hr or under. The next day 24 hrs later NOTHING Zipo not even 1. So I rechecked cell builder for an queen no queen so redid it.

    The 4th Try Queen had laid in several cups 40-50 went to collect the cups with tiny larva I had done ck earlier and found plenty of eggs but on the day of transferring the cups nothing, seen some shriveled up eggs and a few freshly laid eggs.

    Next Spring started trying it again Some of the thing that happen last late summer. They would start 80-90% then half way they would tare about 1/2 down. It was 2-3 days from hatch I rechecked the they had tore down a few more so I took one off the bar and broke it open to my surprise the larva was a huge big fat larvae it fill the cell fuller than any other queen cell i Had ever seen it Was a Drone Larva.

    One day I was setting holding and studying the Nicot grid box trying to figure out some way to get it to work. Then i thought cell size the cell looked close to a worker cell but it is a a bit bigger than worker and smaller than a drone as i was trying to figure it out had a coke i was drink through a straw i had a thought the straw fit down into the cells on the grid perfect.

    So I cut me some Sleeves to fit into the cells most were just below the rime of the hole in the cell grid. That ended the problem of the queen laying drone eggs in the cells.

    When I first started using the grid in the late summer the queen had started laying Drone brood in the frames for the fall.and when i used it the early spring was the same the queen was geared up laying drone eggs in the comb sense the cells were a little bigger than worker cell this is what she laid was drone eggs it will not happen every time if you were to use again without putting in the straw sleeve but for me i wanted it to work every time without worrying was i going to have GOOD queens in the cells

    Also got where I just left the breeder in the grid it was kind hard on her catching her by the wings every time i placed her in the grid she got where she would really cling to the comb as i was catching her i was afraid i was going to hurt her.

    I would collect cups with barely see able larva. then would work the eggs to the outer edges and place the empty new cups in the center would get from 15- 30 some times 50 larva. I might transfer 1day skip a day or two would collect from the outer cups. if larva got big beyond the proper age for good grafts i would remove these cups and put in new ones. Doing it this way you will have to keep closer check on the cell cups for tiny grafing age UNDER 24 Hours larva. 12 Hr or just hatch would be the best

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    the nicot system works. i used it for my first batch of queens. getting ready to make a second. i will be using the nicot and grafting.
    the only problem i see with the nicot is the beginning steps, poishing cells, finding queen, caging queen, checking for eggs, removing queen,moving cups.
    it seems it would be easier to me, and i may be wrong being my first graft didn't take, to find a frame of eggs and brood from donor hive, graft,put in cell builder. grafting seems the easier most efficient way, once you learn to graft. maybe some more experience can chime in, i've just started to learn a queen rearing system this year. good luck

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    I've used the Nicot system several times with good success. If not in a good flow, then feeder needs be used on the queen mother hive, otherwise they will abandon eggs and larva, or eat them, in the cell cage. The cell starter hive must be strong and fed and desperately hopeless, just like in any queen rearing system.

    I've found this system to be easy and successful the few times I've used it, after I figured out how to make up a strong cell starter, and when I do it during a flow, it works well. If not in a flow, syrup and pollen must be fed to stimulate them into raising cells, which is a good idea to do even when in a good flow.
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    I didn't let them polish the cells just blow them out (mouth or Air hose)and keep the top rolled down on your bag of cups so dust will not get in them

    If you leave your breeder Queen in the nicot once they get going there usually some larva is in some of the cups ( before eggs will hatch the nurse bees have to place some royal jelly down around the egg just before they are to hatch the queen is also fed royal jelly this keeps her ovaries producing eggs) this will keep nurse bees there, also place a frame of eggs and young larva from a Donner facing the nicot on the excluder side.

    If you are only going us it 1 or 2 times with in 4 or 5 days when finished let queen out

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    Quote Originally Posted by RayMarler View Post
    If not in a good flow, then feeder needs be used on the queen mother hive, otherwise they will abandon eggs and larva, or eat them, in the cell cage. The cell starter hive must be strong and fed and desperately hopeless, just like in any queen rearing system.
    it works every time if you do it correctly. the key to raising queens is the starter not how you get the laval there. make the starter correctly any you will get queen cells. i also use the jenter and it works fine too. try using a cloak board on a really strong hive and you will get fine queen cells.
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    I am having a issue with my new Nicot. I got my new Nicot mounted on a Medium Frame and stuck it into my bottom brood chamber of the breeder hive for 24hrs to be cleaned. I then return to the breeder hive to cage the queen, and leave her in there for another 24hrs to lay. The next day i take a look and she has laid all the cell cups and i then release her. I come back 3 days to find that the eggs have not been feed and not at the larva state.?? " this would be the 4'th day"

    Should i leave my Queen caged longer to attract the nursers to start feeding the eggs? I have a small flow kicking not really understanding what is going on. I have seen the Nicot System fail where the workers will clean them out. But not leave them and not feed them. Do i just wait it out?? When do I say ok time to try again and reload cell cups to be prep for another go at it.

    If anyone would have any advice i would appreciate it!

    Thanks,
    -Drew-

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    I had great luck with this system. I put in all of the cups and my queen filled out most of all of them. I only had room for 20 cell cups so I picked the ones with the most royal jelly in them. I also used the cloake board to make a starter hive and a finisher hive. This worked very well and I checked today to see how many queen cells were capped. 18/20!!!! yup that s 90% for my first time. I'm having to make nuc boxes to hold that many.
    Good luck, this system works very well coupled with a cloake board for drawing them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elovvorn View Post
    I had great luck with this system. I put in all of the cups and my queen filled out most of all of them. I only had room for 20 cell cups so I picked the ones with the most royal jelly in them. I also used the cloake board to make a starter hive and a finisher hive. This worked very well and I checked today to see how many queen cells were capped. 18/20!!!! yup that s 90% for my first time. I'm having to make nuc boxes to hold that many.
    Good luck, this system works very well coupled with a cloake board for drawing them out.
    Update: Two days ago, I installed two queen cells in a 5 frame nuc with 1 frame of capped brood w/nurse bees and a frame of pulled out comb with a feeder. Today after a cold spell I checked them and only 3 nucs are still alive...... What in the world happened? The weather didn't freeze, it had dropped to 39 degrees. I looked inside the dead nucs and found in each one all of the bees balled up and dead.
    What is the trick here folks?

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    Sounds like they couldn't reach enought stores they can die with honey on the ends of the frames when it gets cold they tighten up and not being able to access stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velbert View Post
    Sounds like they couldn't reach enought stores they can die with honey on the ends of the frames when it gets cold they tighten up and not being able to access stores.
    That makes sense. There weren't any stores around their little ball they made. I'll have to chalk that one up to another Beekeeper Error!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elovvorn View Post
    I'll have to chalk that one up to another Beekeeper Error!
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