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  1. #1
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    Default Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    I bought some frames of brood and was not able to get queens on them quickly because of the Queen delay in MS due to weather. When I looked at the frames last night they have a fair amount of queen cells. The queens would be MN Hygenic so I might want to keep them. Is it possible to get the queen cells off of plastic foundation without ruining the cells? If so how much quantity of bees in the small mating nuc (shamrock-s) does it take to raise and mate the queen?
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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    its very risky to attempt it
    better idea is to get a push on queen release cage - they are a mesh cage that gives the queen room to run around in - just push this over the capped queen cells - if they are far enough apart to do so

    good luck with it
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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    I think the queens should be hatching in 4-5 days but the new queens I want to put in are coming from Russel tomorrow. They won't accept a new queen with queen cells with cages on them will they?
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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    nope, they will try to kill the new queen, right through the cage. Split?

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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    Maybe I misunderstand your post, but if you have queen cells on drawn comb with plastic foundation I think you can get them off. Depends on how they built the cells, but I once harvested a dozen cells off the bottom of a wooden frame without a problem and got some very nice cells.
    Try it and see.
    Pull a couple of cells and then leave some, you will only get one anyway.
    Just as risky to do the queen cage thing IMO.

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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    These are in the middle of the frame...none on the bottom.
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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    Tyr a wood chisel or puddy knife to cut them away from the plastic.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    Could you kill the cells and introduce the new queens. I am asking in case i have the same thing happen when I get my queens.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Pull queen cells off plastic fondations

    I know the queens will not hatch before my new queens come in so I will only have cells. I will try a razor blade bent to get them off the foundation...then dump a cup of bees and a few cells in one of my shamrock-s mating nuc.
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