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    Angry Cloak Board

    So, i got a cloak board a few months ago thinking that it would allow me to trough that swarm box away. Wrong! I have put 3 batches of cells in so far...first batch the CB swarmed and only got about 30% take. Second no take. 3rd no take. I caused the last 2......there were cells already up there both times (man made and bee made).
    So...this is what i did. I took the CB (lead by multiple virgin queens) and set it on the other side of the pallet facing the opposite direction that it was. Then I set a queen right single in the same spot that it was. Then I put the cloak board and a empty on top. Then I tore down the old cell builder and shook the bees off into the hive with the virgin queens...then put the naked frames of brood above the cloak board on the queen right hive....all the field bees from both hives will fly back to the new cb.
    Essentially what i did was shook all the old nurse bees and the virgin queens in a new hive...will the old spot make queens?

    mike
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    Default Re: Cloak Board

    Yes. Confusion is king.

    I do not care for cloak boards. Keep that swarm box or start using a single... queenless starter, queenright finisher... great cells all season.

    Tip: by moving a queenless single and adding capped brood, you will lose the foragers as they will return to the queenright side... this causes the bees in the queenless single to "regroup" and take on whatever roll the new hive needs at the time... adding capped brood will cause an overcrowding, but make sure they have no eggs or young larvae to raise a cell (an excluder on the queenright hive 4-5 days before separation will do the trick)... CONFUSION ACHIEVED! Now you have a booming box of confused, fresh nurse bees that will raise EVERY cell that you give them... this starter can be used several times by simply adding a frame of capped each time they near full hatch..(when adding the new capped frame, take away a frame that has bees and nectar being stored, use it to stock a nuc or something)... Confusion achieved again! This starter is less effort and more effective... use a simple excluder in a strong double for a finisher... uncapped up, capped and queen down... the place your cells in the top between the uncapped brood frames... this finisher can handle up to three frames of cells.

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    Default Re: Cloak Board

    Both are queen right...one has a nice mated queen and the other has virgins running around....
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    Default Re: Cloak Board

    Virgins will become virgin soon... you could have caught them up for your mating nucs... lol.

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    Default Re: Cloak Board

    All were hatched and outta there by time I got there..could not find them at all.

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    Default Re: Cloak Board

    Lol. I hate when that happens... was it swarm cells or a graft?

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