Re: Raising Queen Cells Without Grafting
Yes if you read up about queen banking there is a lot of conflicting info, plus it is often made to sound very complex. I'm wondering if this might be due to different areas and locations, but I don't know.
I only have personal experience banking queens in one location and it was quite a bee friendly one. However for us anyway, we did it in queenright hives, which kept the hives going and provided fresh young nurse bees. The hives were kept strong and brood from other hives was added if need be. We wanted to see LOTS of attentive nurse bees around the cages. We added or removed queens as needed, no need to do "all or nothing".
If doing queen banking, i'd recommend stay away from plastic cages, use wooden ones made from a softish non aromatic type timber. If no flow feed the bees and ensure adequate pollen, real not artificial substitute.
There's a pic of a nuc and a bit of info on page 5 post 42, but next week I'll be back at the site I'll get some better pics and post a bit more info about mating nucs.
Originally Posted by Specialkayme
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).