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  1. #1
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    Default How do you transport fresh grafts?

    I grafted from a friends bees a few days ago, and not knowing what else to do I made up a three frame nuc with bees out of my cell builder and tried to get as few foragers as possible. It was probably 45 minutes from graft to putting them back where they belong. Is there an easier way?

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    David,

    Wrap the cell bar in a damp/moist papertowel, keep it out of the sun and take it home to the starter.

    Joe
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    Well, that would be a lot easier. I'll bet you know what you're talking about too. Thanks. Great website BTW.

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    With our normally very low humidity, I find that it helps after you wrap them in moistened paper towels, to then wrap them in a white plastic bag. Without the plastic bag my moist paper towels dry out in about three minutes.
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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    I envy your low humidity. Saunas have less humidity than Tennessee in the summer time.

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    Default Re: How do you transport fresh grafts?

    I think your way is the best way, Joes (both of them) would work too as long as there are no temp extremes to deal with. I have done it by putting the grafts in a screened box with a pretty good shake of bees and had good success though on a nice warm day that is probably overkill.
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